Kenyan president urges public vigilance against Al-Shabaab threats

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday called on citizens to remain vigilant as the country is grappling with terror threats from Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militants.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta

The president appreciated Kenyans who have offered information on terrorists and other criminals to security agencies, and urged the public to cooperate with the government in the counter- terrorism efforts.
“I salute those who give information, who voice their suspicions and who, stay vigilant for the sake of our security and safety. Together, we can meet our joint duty of vigilance against those who would harm us,” he said.
His remarks came at a celebration in Nairobi to mark 52 years since the country’s internal self-rule.
The government has developed a major anti-radicalization program, which will soon be implemented by all security organs, and national and county governments, he said, citing radicalization as one of the ways in which young people have been misled.
“Radicalization does not always wear its intentions openly,” Kenyatta said, vowing to deal decisively with the terror threat.
The president said the government had “invested heavily” in efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens, adding that the police force has been equipped to ensure the quick response to emergency.
The group is firmly establishing itself in Kenya.
Last week, its militants ambushed police in the northeastern Garissa county and left one police officer dead.
In early April, its gunmen carried out a siege on Garissa University College and killed nearly 150 people, mostly students. Enditem

-Xinhua

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