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3 terror suspects gunned down in dawn police raid

Security has been heightened in the coastal city in recent weeks ahead of the October 20 national Mashujaa Day celebration to be held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront/FILE

MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 1 – At least three terror suspects were shot dead by anti-terrorism police officers in Likoni at dawn on Tuesday.

Likoni police boss, Benjamin Rotich said the three were shot in Majengo Mapya area.

The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) was processing the crime scene in line with standard police procedures.

It was not immediately clear whether ATPU had been trailing the suspects in relation to a possible attack.

Security has been heightened in the coastal city in recent weeks ahead of the October 20 national Mashujaa Day celebration to be held at the Mama Ngina Waterfront.

The military has been conducting rehearsals for what government officials have said will be an elaborate parade during the annual fete which celebrates independence heroes who fought for the nation’s independence.

“Our uniformed forces have intensified rehearsals for this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park, Mombasa. This will be the first time in our history that the Kenya Navy will give the National Salute to the President,” Interior and Citizen Services Principal Secretary remarked when he inspected the facility on Monday.

Mombasa County will be joining four counties that have so far hosted national celebrations traditionally held in the capital, Nairobi.

Other counties that have hosted national celebrations are Nakuru, Kakamega, Machakos and Narok.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the venue on July 9 to access readiness.

The Mama Ngina Waterfront Park project sits on a 26-acre parcel of land facing the Indian Ocean.

The transformation of Mama Ngina Drive into a modern public facility is part of government efforts to restore the glory of Mombasa as a leading tourist destination in the region, she said.

According to the project designs, the Mama Ngina Waterfront Park entails an integrated urban destination for culture, festivals, shopping, dining and relaxation.

Among notable feature of the project include; the state-of-the-art amphitheater, the Kilindini Cultural Centre, the Pigeon Towers, the traders’ kiosk and the leisure walkways.

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