Kenya on high alert for fear of imminent terrorist attacks

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NAIROBI ( AXADLE) – Thousands of security officials have been deployed in Kenya’s major cities following recent bombings in neighboring Uganda linked by authorities to terrorism

The Kenyan government has put its forces on high alert to ward off huge terrorist attacks, the country’s police spokesman, Bruno Shioso, confirmed.

Shioso said police and anti-terrorism units were focused on being vigilant in stopping terrorist groups from carrying out attacks in strategic and major cities.

“We are aware of and we have taken into account that our sister country (Uganda) was attacked, it is very unfortunate. As a country and as neighbors, there is so much, we could have done about it and we are alert,” he said. Shioso told Caoital FM. “We have taken all the measures that I cannot discuss for security reasons, they are very confidential. As we know in Kenya, we have some levels of leadership in the fight against terrorism.”

He added that the government has increased security along the border areas and secured all critical infrastructure in the efforts to prevent attacks in the country.

“I assure Kenyans that they are safe and that security is very tight and we are on top, so there is no need for alarm,” he added.

Last Monday, two people were killed and several others injured in a bus explosion in the Mpigi district of central Uganda.

Ugandan police confirmed on Tuesday that Monday’s attack was staged by a jihadist from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

In the past, dozens of Kenyans have been killed and others maimed in deadly terrorist attacks by the al-Shabaab militant group.

Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab fighters following several foreign abductions in Kenya’s coastal areas.

The East African nation accused the militant group of kidnapping foreign tourists from coastal areas.

Kenya currently has thousands of soldiers working within the framework of the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom).

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