Kenyan police urge vigilance over fears of new terrorist attack

Crowds fleeing the sound of gunfire from Westgate Mall in Nairobi
Crowds fleeing the sound of gunfire from Westgate Mall in Nairobi (23 September 2013). Photo: Anne Knight

The number of terrorist attacks in Kenya have dramatically increased since 2011, when the Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF) deployed troops in neighboring Somalia to assist in the hunt for al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups such as Al-Shabaab.

The number of incidents involving militant Islamic groups in Kenya alone has increased 180 per cent from 41 attacks in 2011 up to 115 attacks in 2014.

With this in mind, the authorities have asked Kenyans to increase their own security following the Paris attacks.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Police Chief Joseph Boinnet said,“Whilst we the police have stepped up vigilance, we call on the public to exercise maximum level of alertness. The same threat remains real in our country.”

With Pope Francis planning on visiting Kenya November 25, 2015, on the first leg of his African tour, Boinnet has urged all citizens to help ensure there are no incidents.

“I urge everyone to report any suspicious activity and/or persons to the police or any security agency for action,” he said.

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