President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the largest air base for the Kenyan military in Garissa town today.
Security has been beefed up in the eastern town as the president, accompanied by top military and government officials, arrived for the commissioning.
Garissa, which borders Somalia, has been witnessing repeated attacks by the militant group al-Shabab. Few days ago, an al-Shabab attack nearby killed 11 people who were taken off a bus traveling further north to Wajir.
Modika Barracks is part of an effort by Kenya to modernize its military’s capability. It will host three army fighting units and three support sub-units.
Kenya has thousands of troops operating in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia, which is supporting the federal government regain control of the country.