Kenya beefs up security measures over possible terror attacks
Kenya police spokesperson Bruno Shioso has said security forces had progressively fortified its security systems in information sharing.
Police service values According to Shioso, the service values credible, verifiable and authentic information.
“The National Police Service assures the public that security in the country has been scaled up through different policing operations,” Shioso said.
In a statement the spokesman, Shioso said the service had re-engineered her police units in line with modern-day policing dynamics, challenges and emerging threats.
“Security operations that ensure that imminent attacks are forestalled proactively remain our priority. We urge the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities through toll-free numbers: 999, 911, 112, 0800722203,” the statement reads.
Some of foreign embassies in Kenya who issued terror alerts in Thursday include the French, United Kingdom, Dutch and German and warned of imminent terror attacks Kenya.
In a statement issued on Thursday, January 27, the French embassy directed its citizens living in Kenya to remain vigilant and avoid visiting public places in the coming days, including the weekend.
“There is a persistence of serious threats against Western nationals in Kenya. There is a real risk targeting public places frequented by foreign nationals (restaurants, hotels, places of leisure, shopping centres, etc.), particularly in Nairobi,” it said.
The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development office (FCDO), on the other hand, warned against travelling to areas bordering Somalia.
The regions mentioned as risky were Garissa, Lamu, Mandera and Tana River.
Kenya has experienced a string of attacks on churches and public places in the recent past, blaming them on the insurgents from Somalia who have vowed to attacks since its military intervention in southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Somali Islamists Shabab.
Kenya is a major troop contributor to the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom), which in 2011 drove the Shebab out of Mogadishu. The Shebab still control large rural areas and regularly carry out attacks in the Somali capital.