Kenya Police Issues Alert Notice Over Possible Al-Shabab Attack
The Kenyan Police has said that the al-Shabab extremists have once again threatened to carry out attacks on Kenyan government buildings, bus terminals and places of worship over the Easter weekend.
The Kenyan Police Spokesman Erick Kiraithe said that the Kenya government intelligence reports that they have threatened to strike Kenya and added that they have put in adequate measures to forestall an attack.
In August 1998, at least 213 people died in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in downtown Nairobi. In November 2002, 13 people were killed on an assault on a hotel in the port city of Mombasa.
Two months ago, al-Shabab said it planned to carry out attacks in Kenya in retaliation for training Somali government soldiers and allowing Ethiopian forces to use its territory to stage assaults on the rebel militia.
Kenya’s government began training police officers three years ago as part of an agreement with the six-nation intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
In July, al-Shabab extremists claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks in Uganda that killed 76 people watching the soccer World cup final at two separate venues. The group said it targeted Uganda because the country has troops serving in an AMISOM operation in Somalia.
By Abdulaziz Billow
Abdulaziz Billow is Afrobeatradio East Africa Correspondent, Somalia