Kimaiyo: No end in sight for Eastleigh terror swoops
25 April 2014, 11:37
Nairobi - Kenya's police chief has vowed to continue crackdown
on terrorists despite Wednesday night's car explosion which killed four
people including two police officers.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said security forces will
intensify their operations on terrorists in the country to ensure that
there is peace.
"I want to assure Kenyans that war against terrorist is still on and
we are not relenting. We cannot be cowed by such heinous acts and
therefore I fully declare war against any acts of crime in the country,"
Kimaiyo told journalists.
There was panic at the scene when another explosion went off as the
government and police briefed the media. However, the police confirmed
that that the second explosion was a detonation.
The Wednesday incident came in the midst of a countrywide security crackdown against illegal immigrants and terror suspects.
According to Kimaiyo, the blast occurred at around 8:00 p.m. when
police officers on a 999 patrol vehicle as they were carrying out their
normal patrol, saw a Toyota Corolla NZE driving on the wrong side of the
He said the occupants were flagged down and questioned what was their
motive to drive on the wrong side of the road but the occupants could
not clearly explain, prompting the police officers to take them to
Pangani Police Station for further interrogation.
"Two officers entered the car to make sure the suspects didn't
escape, one sat at the front and the other at the back, while the
remaining officers in the 999 patrol car escorted the suspected car from
behind," Kimaiyo explained.
On reaching the Pangani Police Station gate, one of the suspects on
sensing danger he ignited the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that had
been mounted at the boot of the suspects car.
"Unfortunately, the car exploded killing all occupants including our
two officers and two suspects. I mourn the loss of the two gallant
officers who have died in their line of duty as they were defending and
protecting our beloved country," Kimaiyo said.
"I appreciate their good, were it not for them to have intercepted
the vehicle, the IED could have caused a huge damage. Their devotion and
dedication will forever be remembered by us," he said.
The police chief who commended the security forces countrywide for
their commitment in the war against terrorism urged them to continue
with the same spirit until the police win the war.
Police investigators worked into the night Wednesday poring over the
twisted and charred remains of the car destroyed in a powerful explosion
outside the Pangani police station.
The police station has served as a detention center for suspects
caught in the dragnet, many of them from Eastleigh neighborhood of
Nairobi. Detainees have complained of poor conditions and police abuse
taking place inside.
Residents of the "little Mogadishu" because of it's predominantly
Somali population have also raised concern over the security operation
which said violates human rights.
Eastleigh has been the scene of frequent terror attacks but the
police have warned residents and travellers to be extra vigilant and
volunteer any information that may assist in the investigations.
The East African nation has been at a verge of terrorism threats by Islamic extremists allied to Al-Shabaab and Al Qaeda militia after Kenya forces took control of the insurgents' stronghold in Somalia.
The police have also admitted that despite a boost in security the
threat remained, urging shopping malls to remain vigilant and to "do
more" to prevent attacks.
The recent terror at a church in Mombasa last Sunday, and last year's
Westgate mall in Kenya Nairobi capital that left over 68 civilians dead
and dozens wounded, were blamed on the militants from neighboring
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