, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 1 – A US-based intelligence firm warned on Friday of an impending attack by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab, mainly targeting skyscrapers in the Kenyan capital.
IntelCenter said the Al Qaeda-linked militant group had threatened to bring down skyscrapers within two weeks.
“Something big will happen in the next two weeks. Kenyans will weep,” the respected private spying firm said.
It did not specify the buildings targeted, only saying the militant group plans to hit tall buildings frequented by westerners, government buildings or hotels.
The American private spy agency said Kenya is likely to face a growing terror threat until the end of the year, but it did not give further details.
Kenyan authorities have not publicly commented about the latest terror threat.
Although it remained unclear how credible the threat is, the information is chilling given Kenya is reeling from the effects of last week’s attack at a building on Moi Avenue which left one person dead and 37 others wounded.
The attack occurred when a blast rocked Assanand’s House which mainly consisted of boutiques and video shops.
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti blamed the Al-Shabaab for the attack and vowed police will get those involved.
The Federal of Bureau of Investigators (FBI) and local CID detectives are probing the possibility of the use of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizer and fuel in making the bomb that went off in the building, triggered by a bearded Al Shabaab man who had posed as a customer in one of the shops.
Last week, the Internal Security minister announced terrorism was the single most challenge the government was facing due to the increased attacks in Nairobi, Northern Kenya and Mombasa where grenades and other Improvised Explosive Devices (IED’s) have been thrown lately, killing or maiming innocent people.
In Northern Kenya, such attacks have mainly targeted security forces, including Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) patrolling the porous Somali border.
The attacks and these latest terror threats have promoted increased security measures, particularly in the capital Nairobi where most buildings enhanced their checks both on people and vehicles.
During Friday’s Madaraka Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium, everyone entering the venue was thoroughly screened and no hawking was permitted.
Nairobi Provincial Police chief Antony Kibuchi ordered his officers to search any one getting in, and warned them against allowing late comers to the function.
“Those who will come after the guest of honour (President Kibaki) will not be allowed to get in,” Kibuchi said.