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Terror attacks strengthen Kenyan's resolve to defeat terrorists

06 May 2014, 08:01

Nairobi -  Increased terror attacks in Kenya have strengthened Kenyans resolve to fight and eliminate terrorists.

The rallying call, "We must defeat terrorists" is getting louder among citizens of the east African nation, with many backing the government in its security operations.

Kenyans are also urging each other to be vigilant, report suspicious people in their midst to security agencies and cooperate with police officers.

Some are implementing "know your neighbor" security initiatives in residential areas in bid to smoke out criminals.

The need to defeat terrorists and curb terror attacks in Kenya has never been urgent and critical to the country's progress as it today.

The latest incidents happened in Mombasa and Nairobi, cities that have bore the brunt of terror attacks in the east African nation.

The attacks targeting public transport vehicles and entertainment joints last weekend have seen at least five people lose their loves and over 50 others injured.

In Nairobi, terrorists on Sunday attacked two busses ferrying commuters from the city center to estates along the Thika superhighway.

Survivors of one of the attacks recounted that the blast happened as soon as two young men had alighted from the vehicle. Apparently, the young men had planted an explosive inside the bus before alighting.

In the second incident that happened almost 20 minutes later, survivors claimed that people in a vehicle threw the device inside the bus before it exploded.

Similar attacks were witnessed in Mombasa on Saturday where terrorists targeted a bus that had travelled from Nairobi to the coastal town.

The Sunday twin attacks in the capital Nairobi followed barely 24-hours after the Mombasa blasts in which four people died.

The attacks have annoyed Kenyans, who ponder on why the country has become a soft target yet it can protect itself from the few criminals roaming about.

On cyberspace and on the streets, Kenyans are unanimous that the terrorists have no place in the country and must be defeated.

"This meaningless killing of Kenyans must stop. Fellow Kenyans, it is time we defeat terrorism," wrote Fred on Twitter.

"We cannot back down because of a few cowards who enjoy killing people. We must defeat them," Davido fired back under the hash tag terrorism.

While the attacks have instilled fear in citizens, especially those using public transport vehicles, Kenyans are resolute that terrorists must not reign supreme.

"I use matatus everyday to and from work. The attacks concern me but I cannot cow in fear and stop moving around. As commuters, we can enforce vigilance in public transport vehicles by ensuring that we account for everyone and anything that is in the vehicle," noted university worker Silas Mukami on Sunday.

Mukami believes that matatus have become terrorists' soft target because of laxity in taking security measures.

"If matatu people do not want to boost security, we will do it ourselves as commuters because it is us who are dying. Terrorists have no place in Kenya."

Before a vehicle departs on its journey, advised Mukami, commuters should be asked to check any luggage that is in the vehicle and account for it.

"Anyone with intentions to blow up the vehicle will be stopped in his struck since they will be detected before the journey begins."

And as debate on need to defeat terrorists raged among Kenyans, many believe that Kenya Defense Forces exiting Somalia is not one of the measures the country should take to stop terror attacks in the east African nation.

"Exiting Somalia would be Kenya's biggest blunder. It will not solve the problem. We will even be hit harder," noted Aswji Sufi.

"We cannot quit Somalia. What needs to be done is to seal the border loopholes that terrorists are using to get in and out of Kenya," Thugo Mwangi observed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Kenyans that the government is working round the clock to provide security.

"My government is pursuing the extremists. Those who chose to murder innocent civilians will be defeated," he said.

Kenya Defense Forces crossed into Somalia in October 2011 after suspected Al-Shabaab militants abducted tourists in the coastal city of Mombasa. Kenya accused the militants, who it is fighting in the troubled country, of seeking to sabotage her economy.

After the incursion, Sheikh Ali Mohamud, then an Al-Shabaab spokesperson, said the terror group would launch retaliatory attacks in Kenyan cities if authorities do not withdraw troops from Somalia.

There have been dozens of terror attacks in Kenya since then, which have claimed lives of over 100 people and injured many others.

The worst attack happened at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, where over 65 people were killed.

 - Xinhua

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