, MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 20 – Operators of all passenger buses plying the Mombasa-Lamu route have been advised to seek police escort during this festive season.
Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa said security agents will provide armed escort to public service vehicles to avert any terror attack.
“Vehicles will be escorted from Lamu coming to town. So those who have evil plans, they should be cautioned that police are on high alert. You will not see the police officers, but you will be met with fire if you try to mess up,” Marwa warned when he addressed a security meeting in Mombasa on Monday.
He said the region had undertaken elaborate security measures to ensure the area remained safe during the festive season when thousands flock to the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean for holiday.
Mombasa has been a target of terror attacks in the past, often staged by Al Shabaab terrorists who waged a war against Kenya soon after it deployed its military to the war-ravaged country in October 2011.
According to Marwa, security has been heightened at shopping malls, along the beaches and government buildings likely to be targeted by terrorists.
He spoke days after a faction of the Somali-based terror group that operates in Boni Forest, Lamu County was reported to have been planning attacks during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
“Anybody who is trying to cross our border to cause malice we will deal with them on that side, why should we wait for them to come to our soil? And we are prepared to deal with them mercilessly,” he warned.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has equally assured of adequate security measures across the country throughout the festive period.