Security chiefs devise new strategies to combat terrorism
07 April 2014, 17:36
Nairobi - The country's security chiefs are meeting in Nairobi on
Monday to devise new strategies of combating terrorism as leaders vowed
to continue crackdown on criminals who have caused insecurity.
The meeting which has been convened by the ministry of interior has
brought together all county police commanders and county commissioners
to discuss terror threats and criminal.
"We will come up with new strategies to combat terrorism and all
manner of crime in this country at the end of the meeting later today,"
said an official from the interior ministry.
The meeting comes as President Uhuru Kenyatta said the ongoing purge
on terrorists will not stop until the country is freed of their threat.
Speaking hours before he left the country for Rwanda late Sunday,
Kenyatta urged those politicizing the crackdown on the criminals to stop
criticizing the government for doing the right thing.
"We are not fighting any religion or community. Our fight is against
criminals who kill innocent children, women and men going about their
everyday activities including praying," the President said.
As the Government steps up the war against terror including employing
additional security officers, Kenyatta appealed to all Kenyans to
contribute to the eradication of the menace by volunteering information
that will lead to the arrest of terrorists.
"Security is a responsibility of every Kenyan. If we all work
together, I am confident we will succeed in ensuring our country is safe
at all times," the President said, adding that Kenyans must realize
that security is a collective responsibility and everyone should be
The president's remarks came as the police discovered bomb- making
materials in one of the houses searched. The Sunday operation also
unearthed training manuals used by members of the Al-Qaeda terrorist
Police said they recovered chemicals and materials used to
manufacture Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other paraphernalia
from a house in Eastleigh suburb.
Nairobi police commander Benson Kibue said they are looking for a
Somali refugee identified as Ibrahim Aden Ibrahim, 30, in connection
with the recovery.
"The chemical is explosive and we ask members of the public to cooperate so that together we can secure our country," he said.
Kibue said Ibrahim is supposed to be in Dadaab refugee camp but
instead lives in a rented house where the materials were found, adding
that police are; "surprised he is here now with bomb - making materials.
"We do not know where he planned to use the explosive," said Kibue,
adding that a major manhunt for suspects being bomb making in Eastleigh
Kibue said over 2,000 people have been arrested since the swoop
started last week. On Saturday alone, 500 people were arrested for lack
of identification documents, 355 were released while the rest were to be
taken to court on Monday.
Residents of the 'little Mogadishu' because of it's predominantly
Somali population have 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
There has been a string of attacks by Al-Shabaab militants and their
sympathizers in Nairobi, Mombasa and northern region since Kenya sent
troops into Somalia on October 2011 to subdue the insurgents who were
blamed for a series of murders and kidnappings on the Kenya soil with
northern region being one of the worst hit by the attacks.
The soldiers in the UN-backed AU force has intensified their
offensive against the Al-Qaida allied terrorist group, pacifying some of
the areas surrounding the capital including the strategic city of
Kismayu amid reports the militants were now headed to Kenya to
However, Kenyatta said that 10,000 police officers will be recruited
in 2015 to beef up security, adding that 2,000 regular police officers
who graduated week will be posted to different parts of the country.
"With adequate security, we will be able to attract more investors
and expand our economy rapidly which will in turn create employment for
our young people," the President said.
Kenyan officials have also expressed concern in the past that the
frequent terrorist attacks in the Eastleigh area was damaging the image
of the country and destroying the tourism industry and tasked the team
to find out the cause of the terror attacks and come up with immediate
solutions to address the situation.
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