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Government raises alert level at JKIA after terror scare

29 January 2014, 18:10 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has raised the terror alert level at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after a number of scares at the biggest airport in East Africa.

The move comes just over a week after an IED explosion rocked a popular restaurant within the airport.

Measures have been taken to enhance security at the facility, including longer and more stringent checks at the entrances to the airport and also longer check-in times for passengers to ensure thorough checks by agencies.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said that the increased security levels were necessary to keep Kenyans and investors safe.

" The move is just meant to ensure that we are double vigilant and that the airport, which is of high importance to the country is safe, he said.

National carrier Kenya Airways advised its customers to arrive at the airport an hour earlier due to the enforced changes.

" Following enhanced security measures implemented by the Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Airways wishes to advice all guests departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to plan to be at the airport at least an hour before normal check-in time.

" This is to allow for sufficient time to go through the enhanced security checks and be on time for scheduled flights, the statement read.

The country is at an increased level of risk from Al Qaeda and Al Shabaab agents seeking to cause terror at key installations. Several countries have issued warnings to their citizens in the country to remain vigilant and stay away from key areas which may be targeted by terrorists.

The terrorists are seeking redress over the current war against the Al Shabaab which has been carried out by Kenyan forces in Somalia.

- News24

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