NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan police on Tuesday issued a
terror alert urging Kenyans to remain extra vigilant ahead of
Muslims’ holy month of Ramadan that begins on May 15.
Police spokesman Charles Owino said intelligence reports
indicate that terror groups including al-Shabab are planning to
stage attacks on unspecified locations during Ramadan.
"Though the capability of al-Shabab has been greatly
downgraded over time, we have credible intelligence suggesting
that the militia group is planning to carry out further attacks
in the country," Owino said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
"As we approach the holy month of Ramadan, terror groups have
issued alerts urging their members to step up attacks during
"The main terror groups including ISIS, Al-Qaida and al-Shabab
have issued ‘fatwas’ calling for increased attacks during the
holy month," Owino added.
He called on members of the public to remain on high alert
and be extra vigilant especially in populated public places
including hotels, churches, bus stations and schools.
Owino appealed for information on any suspicious individuals
either from the borders with Somalia or other parts of the
He assured the public that all the information from the
public shall be treated with utmost confidentiality.
"It is through the support given to the police by the members
of the public that several key members of the of terror groups
have been apprehended and many attacks targeting innocent
members of public successfully thwarted," Owino said.
He said security forces have already arrested some of the
eight suspects whose names were released two weeks ago for
allegedly planning to penetrate terror operatives into the
The police had placed 160,000 U.S. dollars bounty for the
eight suspects who have since been arrested following quick
action by the public who volunteered valuable information, said
He said al-Shabab terror group has in the past planned to
carry out attacks during Ramadan especially along the Coastal
and Eastern regions and in major towns across the country.