, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 30 – Police have issued an alert on an Administration Police vehicle stolen in the Lamu terror attack on Christmas Eve when a police officer was killed.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet wants the public to be on the lookout, warning that the Ford Ranger double cabin can be misused by criminals or even terrorists in any part of the country.
“We are seeking help from the public to recover the vehicle because it can easily be misused by criminals,” Boinnet said, “Everyone must be lookout.”
He is particularly urging security guards in buildings, shopping malls and other public areas to thoroughly scrutinize all vehicles, including those branded police colours.
The vehicle branded the green and maroon Administration Police colours was stolen by terrorists who shot and killed an Administration Police officer in Hindi area of Lamu.
He dismissed claims that police were only looking for the vehicle in Nairobi after reports indicated that it was in the city.
“It is erroneous to say that we are only looking for the vehicle in Nairobi,” he said, “the search for it is ongoing in all parts of the country and that is why we are urging the public to remain alert.”
The police chief has also urged the public across the country to cooperate with police in maintaining security, while warning against the use of fireworks without authority
“Let us all work together to secure our country,” he said, “we all have the responsibility and must always notify the police of any person or activity,”
Boinnet warned that Kenya is facing a “real terror threat” after Al Shabaab terrorists split into two—one supporting the Islamic State and the other Al Qaeda.
“We must not drop the guard because these terrorists are now competing to outsmart each other,” Boinnet said.