, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 27- Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Friday sounded an alarm over stolen Diplomatic vehicle number plates, with fears they may be used to commit terrorism.
Citing Somalia where terrorists used Diplomatic number plates on vehicles to access their target, Boinnet now wants police officers to thoroughly screen red-plated vehicles.
“Vehicles bearing such registrations should be stopped with a lot of caution, be detained and occupants interrogated,” he directed.
In a statement read by Kenya Police spokesman Charles Owino to journalists, Boinnet urged all foreign missions and embassies to report any loss or theft of vehicle number plates to police immediately.
“Foreign affairs will get in touch with the Foreign Missions and Embassies within the laid down diplomatic protocols in order to seek their co-operation in this demanding exercise of searching all vehicles before they access certain areas or at road blocks and lock ups,” he said.
He also ordered police officers to thoroughly screen vehicles with GK number plates, since they can be used by terrorists for easy access to areas.
Boinnet says the diplomatic vehicle registration numbers were stolen from Kilifi and Mombasa.
The two diplomatic plates are 45 UN 177K AND 45 UN 130 K.
The plates were stolen in the last two weeks in a parking where, “only the front plates were stolen leaving the rear plates which were much difficult to remove.”
“Following the current terror trends worldwide and the alerts that we have lately released, we hold strong opinion that these plates may be used in attempts to access security areas and key installations by terrorists,” he cautioned.