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UK pledges to work with Kenya to counter terrorism

08 November 2014, 11:29

Nairobi - The British government on Friday pledged to increase cooperation with Kenya on counter-terrorism measures to help overcome emerging insecurity challenges.

Visiting Head of Counter Terrorism at Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office Jennifer Anderson said London and international partners will continue to stand with Nairobi in the fight against terrorism.

"The UK supports Kenya in the fight against terrorism, and recognises the hard work of both the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in bringing terrorists to justice," she said.

Anderson was speaking in Nairobi when she met with ATPU chiefs to discuss areas of ongoing UK/Kenya security co-operation, and share best practice in tackling the terrorist threat.

The East African nation is reeling from a spate of terrorist attacks targeting innocent civilians in places of worship, shopping malls and restaurants.

Also read: Police arrest 40 suspected terrorists

During the visit, Anderson handed over a set of guidance called "Points to Prove: Investigating and Prosecuting Terrorism in Kenya".

The guidance, produced by Britain in partnership with the Australian High Commission, ODPP and the ATPU, is intended to provide a roadmap for the successful investigation and prosecution of terrorism and related offences.

"This guidance develops agreed protocols which will enable the ODPP and ATPU to bring successful investigations and secure convictions, and see that the guilty are prosecuted to the full extent of the law," Anderson said.

The ODPP and ATPU are collaborative agencies each set up to play the roles of key actors in the criminal justice system, and specifically where this relates to the fight against terrorism.

 - Xinhua

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