Embassies, Foreign Firms In Kenya Issue Terror Security Alert

Embassies, Foreign Firms In Kenya Issue Terror Security Alert

From The Star via AllAfrica

Several European countries and foreign organisations operating in the country have cautioned their citizens and staff about impending terror attacks in Kenya. This follows the killing of senior Al Shabaab leaders in Somalia last week by the Kenya Defence Forces.

The British High Commission, International Rescue Committee and Finlays Horticulture Kenya have cautioned their nationals and employees through circulars titled Security Advisory dated January 21 and 22. Other embassies and companies have also issued security alerts warning their staff.

“Kenyan police have now publicly confirmed that Thursday’s blast at JKIA was caused by an improvised explosive device. They have arrested three men in connection with this attempted attack. Yesterday, we heard, and the media are today reporting, an earlier discovery of smoke grenades in the toilets at the airport. These are only the latest, and most ambitious, in a series of IED and grenade attacks over the last month both in Nairobi and down at the Coast. Such attacks, whilst not explicitly directed at the UK or our staff, only serve to underline the potential for any of us to be caught up in a terrorist incident. Such attacks are very hard to predict and it is therefore very unlikely we will be able to issue specific warnings,” reads the letter from the British High Commission.

The High Commission says there remains a high threat from terrorism in Kenya from Al Shabaab extremists because of Kenya’s military intervention in Somalia.

Written by Dominic Wabala | Read more at AllAfrica