More than two years after Kenya sent troops to neighboring Somalia to fight al-Qaeda-linked militants, it’s now battling to contain intensifying attacks by suspected Islamist insurgents on its home soil.

A series of bombs that struck the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, and the coastal town of Mombasa this month was followed by a threat by the al-Shabaab group last week to take its war to Kenya and Uganda because of their military presence in Somalia.

The Kenyan authorities have had little success in stopping the attacks, which show a greater level of sophistication than previous bombings with the use of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, according to Ahmed Salim, a senior associate at Dubai-based Teneo Intelligence.

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