Kenya steps up security at airports after Turkey attacks

June 29, 2016 10:43 am
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Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they have increased surveillance also in other areas after the Istanbul airport bombing that killed 36 people and wounded 147 others/FILE
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they have increased surveillance also in other areas after the Istanbul airport bombing that killed 36 people and wounded 147 others/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 29 – Security has been heightened at all airports in the country following Tuesday night’s terror attack in Turkey’s largest airport.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they have increased surveillance also in other areas after the Istanbul airport bombing that killed 36 people and wounded 147 others.

Overview
  • Kenya has been a victim of terror attacks, the latest having occurred at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013 when 67 people, including attackers were killed and hundreds more wounded
  • In April 2015, 148 people—mainly students—were killed when Al Shabaab terrorists stormed Garissa University College, leaving 79 others with injuries
  • It was the second worst attack in the country after the 1998 US Embassy bombing that left 213 people dead

“We have been on heightened alertness that includes our aviation infrastructure,” Boinnet said on telephone. “Vigilance stepped up following the Istanbul attack.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta said Kenya stands in solidarity with Turkey following the airport bombing.

“I offer words of comfort to my brother President Erdogan (Recep Tayyip) and the people of Turkey. Kenya stands in solidarity with,” President Kenyatta said.

Kenya has been a victim of terror attacks, the latest having occurred at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013 when 67 people, including attackers were killed and hundreds more wounded.

In April 2015, 148 people—mainly students—were killed when Al Shabaab terrorists stormed Garissa University College, leaving 79 others with injuries.

It was the second worst attack in the country after the 1998 US Embassy bombing that left 213 people dead.

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