JKIA security hits all time high in wake of Shabaab terror fears
03 March 2016, 18:25
Nairobi - There are serious security operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport JKIA in the wake of threats of terror attacks at the vital facility.
Alert levels at the facility have been increased to the highest level in the wake of an alert issued by the Kenya Airports Authority KAA over apparent suicide attacks.
Officers at the airport have been briefed afresh whilst new ones have been deployed to the facility.
Plain clothes personnel have also been tripled to try their best to suss out any impending threat.
" We have increased security, even though we are usually on high alert anyway," KAA Security chief Eric Kiraithe told News24.
It is understood that some intelligence officers have also been drafted to other airports in Somalia to try seek any information on the alleged planned attacks.
The JKIA is one of Africa's biggest airports by means of traffic volume.
Meanwhile, the government says that any threat on the country's airspace are premature and that there should be no panic at all as regards the said threats.
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery says that the government is alert to the news of the impending attacks.
" Our security agencies work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that Kenyans are safe and will continue to do so," he said.
" We review security on our airspace frequently and would like to assure local and international travellers that their safety is of high importance to us," he added.
The Al Shabaab terror group has been planning and executing attacks on the country in the last 5 years, with the recent killing of a number of soldiers in a Kenya Defence Forces Camp in Somalia the latest in a string of hits.
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