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Kenya security in high alert for terror attacks over Easter holiday

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s security agencies are on high alert over possible terrorism attack during or after the Easter holiday.

Police spokesman George Kinoti confirmed that security forces are on a high alert after receiving intelligence reports that nine terrorists are planning attacks

Kinoti also urged the public to adopt a higher level of vigilance ahead of the Easter festivities and in the coming month and report any suspicious activities.

According to a security report seen on Thursday, police said Kenyan suspects are moving back to the country following sustained attacks by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Somalia National Army in Somalia.

Police sources said some of the wanted terrorists have already made contacts with their relatives to seek for safe passage as they plan to disengage from the frontline in the battlefield to sneak to the country to launch attacks.

Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki said security has been heightened in the tourism resorts in the coastal region to avert possible attacks by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

"We have mapped the county and deployed security agents in area that might be soft target including the Likoni ferry and shopping malls," Achoki said.

Achoki said although the number of terror attacks have declined, terror threats remain real in the country.

"Though the number of attacks has drastically dropped, the militias have managed to launch some, more so in the border towns claiming tens of lives," said Achoki.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have stepped up air and ground operations against the militants in southern Somalia despite their continued resistance, at times targeting military camp.

This week, KDF killed 15 Al-Shabaab terrorists in a security operation in West of Catamaa, Gedo region, Somalia.


Kenya and Netherlands ink deal on counter-terrorism

by Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya and the Netherlands on Thursday signed a declaration of intent to counter terrorism in the two countries.

Under the pact signed in Nairobi, the two countries will focus on intelligence sharing, capacity building, and de-radicalization to help overcome the threats of violent extremism.

"On counter-terrorism and support on de-radicalization, we have had a strong relationship," Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said after signing the deal.

"This emphasizes and reaffirms the hope that working together we can overcome the threats of violent extremism," Mohamed added.

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said the pact will also see profiling and reintegration of immigrants.

"We both agree counter-terrorism requires security approach but also an approach of de-radicalization, giving space to people, understanding what is happening and I am very happy we signed the declaration of intent," Koenders said.

He said both Kenya and the Netherlands will deploy a monitoring and evaluation system connected to County Action Plans particularly aimed at NGOs working on counter-terrorism.

Police say extremists are now targeting young people who are members of a particular youth groups like football clubs. They entice them with money and a promise of better lives ahead.

One of the gunmen involved in the Garissa University terror attack that killed 147 people in April 2015 was a young promising Kenyan lawyer.

The dynamic of terrorism in Kenya is that while in the past the perpetrators were exclusively foreigners, there is a growing number of Kenyans who have joined foreign terrorist organizations like Al-Shabaab.


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