Kenya remains on high terror alert – VP

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In East Africa
Jul 20th, 2012
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The government has reassured that the country’s security forces are on high alert to prevent terror attacks in Kenya, hours after Al Shabaab militants warned of attacks in the country during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan.

Vice president Kalonzo Musyoka on Friday said the government will not surrender to terrorists and urged Kenyans to join the security agents in fighting terrorism by volunteering any information they may have.

“I also want to assure religious organizations that the government will continue to provide them with adequate security in the light of terror attacks,” he said.

The VP spoke during a wedding reception of Apostle James Maina Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism and Murugi Gaita at the Windsor Country and Golf Club, in Nairobi.

Nairobi Provincial Police chief Anthony Kibuchi on Friday morning said they had received intelligence reports that the terrorists plan to hit their targets during Ramadhan.

“Al Shabaab terrorists have issued threats that they will carry out massive destruction during the month of Ramadhan,” Kibuchi said and urged the public to remain vigilant.

“Let everybody be extra alert,” he added.

A police source told us; “security has been intensified mainly in Nairobi, Mombasa and border towns where the terrorists are targeting.”

Security has been intensified in government installations and public places, including hotels, the source added.

The group has in the past months threatened to bring down Kenya’s “tall glass buildings” after Kenyan troops crossed into Somalia last October following a spate of attacks and abductions in its territory that it blamed on the militants.

The threats were first issued in May by a US-based private intelligence firm IntelCenter, which reported that the militant group had warned Kenyans that the country “will weep two weeks from now.”

The warning came two weeks after the May 28 attack on a Nairobi building housing clothing retail stores that killed one person and injured more than 30 others.

Al-Shabaab insurgents have launched a spate of attacks in Kenya, mainly using grenades and it is believed that these are building up to a larger attack.

On Wednesday, at least four people were wounded in twin grenade attacks in Wajir.

The Vice President also urged the church and other religious organizations to strengthen their role as pillars of harmony and unity in the society.

Musyoka stressed that religious organizations need to be at the forefront in promoting understanding and shun internal wrangles that are sometimes witnessed among their ranks.

“We want to hear of less quarrelling and more cohesion within the religious organizations because when you are cohesive the nation becomes cohesive,” Musyoka said.

The VP called on religious groups to stand firm and offer guidance to the country as it moves closer to the general elections.

He said unless the church played its role, political players could confuse Kenyans , making them elect the wrong candidates into leadership.

“You should pray hard for this country so that God’s for it will prevails at this period when so much political activities are picking up,” Musyoka added.

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