Kenya forms special security team to tackle terror threats

The Kenyan government on Tuesday announced the formation of a multi-agency security team to deal with security threats during the festive season in the coastal city of Mombasa.

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Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the team, comprising different security agents, is tasked with curbing incidents of crime and terror related activities ahead of the December festivity period where tourists are expected in the region.

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Marwa said the detectives have been deployed to strategic places within the county to deal with illegal groups that might attempt to disrupt the festive season.

“We are expecting more international and local tourists to throng the coastal city of Mombasa to celebrate Christmas and usher in New Year. Elaborate security measures are in place,” Marwa said.

He told journalists that that more police booths will be established at the Jomo Kenyatta public beach and Likoni channels to conduct patrols at the beach where hundreds of holidaymakers are expected.

The government administrator also said the detectives have intensified search of stolen diplomatic vehicle number plates. He said the police have erected road blocks along the highways to look for the vehicles which might be used to stage terrorist attacks.

Kenyan police last week issued a security alert over stolen diplomatic vehicle number plates in Mombasa and Kilifi in the coastal region,with fears they may be used by terrorists to carry out attacks in the East African nation.

The coastal region has witnessed relative calm in recent months following highly intelligence led operation that has seen police thwart several terrorist attacks.

At least 200 Kenyan youths who had joined the Al-Shabaab group have abandoned the group and joined the government amnesty program. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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