Kenya on high alert after terrorist attacks in Uganda

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NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenyan authorities are on high alert following two separate terrorist incidents in Uganda that left two dead and many injured, with Islamist state fighters claiming responsibility for what could change tactics in combating the war. ‘extremism.

In Mpigi district in central Uganda, one person died after an explosion at a bus station, injuring dozens more. Ugandan police confirmed on Tuesday that Monday’s attack was organized by an Allied Democratic Forces jihadist [ADF] group.

Last week, another person died near the capital Kampala following an attack organized by ISIS militants, possibly the group’s first attack in East Africa. ISIS operates in the Somali state of Northeastern State.

Bruno Shioso, the police spokesperson, told Capital FM that the government has taken several measures to prevent such an incident from occurring in Kenya.

“We are aware and we have realized that our brother country [Uganda] was attacked, it is very unfortunate. As a country and as neighbors there is so much we could have done and we are vigilant. We have taken all the measures which I cannot discuss for security reasons, they are very confidential. As we know in Kenya, we have certain levels of leadership in terms of counterterrorism, ”said Shioso.

According to him, the government has strengthened security as well as border areas and secured all critical infrastructure to prevent attacks in the country.

“I assure the Kenyans that they are safe and that the security is very strict and that we are on top, so there is no reason to be alarmed,” he added.

Kenya has borne the brunt of terrorist attacks by the Somali-based al-Shabaab militia since it launched a military offensive against the terrorist group in October 2011, in what has been dubbed “Operation Linda Nchi”.

During the Mashujaa Day celebrations, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that transforming the security sector in the country, including the military, was among the priorities of his administration.

“This visible transformation of our security organs was carried out in honor of their sacred national duty to defend our sovereignty, maintain our territorial integrity, secure our borders and preserve our freedoms and our way of life. As an affirmation of this, today Kenya’s police-to-population ratio is at its highest level in our history and is above the standard prescribed by the UN, ”President Kenyatta said.

The president added that the administration had launched a successful campaign over the years to modernize the military in an effort to ensure the security of the country.

“Over the past eight years, we have embarked on the largest and most comprehensive modernization of our military in our country’s history. We continue to equip and re-equip our security resources to the highest standards to ensure the safety of our employees, ”he said.

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