NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10 — Police have called on Kenyans to be alert during the month of Ramadhan given the threat that continues to be posed by the Somalia based Al-Shabaab terrorists.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Friday said security agencies are on high alert to repulse any attempt by the terrorists to mount an attack on the country.
“The Police, together with other security agencies in the country, are continuously monitoring Al-Shabaab activities across the border in Somalia and their attempts to infiltrate our country, with intentions to commit atrocities,” the Police boss said in a statement.
Terrorists from Somalia have been trying to sneak into the country according to Police intelligence, with a number of attacks in Mandera and Wajir thwarted.
“This signals a determination by the enemy to conduct attacks in Kenya, in retaliation for the several losses suffered at the hands of AMISOM forces in Somalia,” he warned.
Boinnet further cautions that some Kenyans trained by the terror group might have sneaked into various parts of the country specifically in Mombasa, Malindi and Nairobi, where he calls for vigilance.
“The areas, particularly along the Kenya –Somalia border, are at higher risk for such attacks,” he said.
The terrorists, he warned, may masquerade as herders, “looking for pasture or refugees in their effort to infiltrate the country.”
In the Coast region police have arrested four people suspected to be behind the killing of three community elders in Ukunda, Kwale County.
According to Boinnet, investigations have revealed that the culprits are members of Al-Shabaab.
Police have urged members of the public to use the Tool Free Numbers 999, 911 and 112 to report any unusual activity.