Police assure tourists of security during Easter
28 March 2013, 13:48
Security personnel at the Coast province have assured locals and tourists visiting Malindi tourist town during Easter holiday that they are safe despite insecurity incidents that rocked the area on Thursday morning where a police and six suspected criminals were killed.
Coast Provincial Police Officer Aggry Adoli said the incident was internal issue that was well handled and should not be treated as a possible cause of alarm in the area.
Addressing journalists at Malindi police station, Adoli, who was accompanied by Coast provincial criminal investigation officer Ambros Munyasia and Coast AP commandant Jones Kavoi, said visitors should not be scared by the incident since police are alert to provide security to them.
"This is just a small incident and so tourists should not be worried at all. Our officers are on the ground and very alert to deal with any criminals who may step in to cause chaos," he noted.
Adoli urged hoteliers to cooperate with police and give them information on any suspicious persons so that they can be dealt with immediately for the sake of securing visitors on holiday in the region," he added.
The officer said his officers were currently following a trail of blood which headed to forest, suspected to be of the escaped criminals so that they can be arrested.
"We suspect that a part from the six killed, others may have died as they were escaping to the forests; our officers will get them," he noted.
He said the area is safe and urged tourists not to rely on misleading information from international media who are not on the ground like them.
"We are in Malindi where the incident took place and so tourists and all visitors planning to come here should be informed that there is no problem. They should not rely on negative reporting and misleading information always made by international media who have never visited this place," he mentioned.
He said that people planning to attack tourist hotels are enemies of the Coast region society which mostly depends on tourism.
Adoli went further to add that they will not tolerate such criminal elements warning parents of those involved to stop them lest they get killed.
He said the four suspects are being interrogated as police pursue their accomplices so that they can give more information which can lead to arrest of other suspects.
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