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
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
"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
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.
Kenya suggest community policing assist cut back on