Security tightened in Kenya as militants threaten attacks on parliament

Security has been beefed up in the Kenyan capital after intelligence information emerged that the Al-Qaeda-linked group in Somalia are planning attacks targeting the country parliament headquarters, officials said on Monday.

Anti-terrorism forces have been deployed across Nairobi as secret service sources revealed that 12 suspected militants are planning to strike the Kenyan parliament two years after Al-Shabab carried out a deadly attack on the Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people.

In addition to that, Kenyan spy agency warned a potential attack by a suicide car bomber targeting the parliament’s headquarters, creating panic among Kenyans.

Kenya experiences series attacks by Al-Shabab after the country deployed troops in Somalia to fight the militant group after following attacks and kidnappings of foreigners in the Kenyan soil.

Kenyan security services circulated the name of a man whom they said was going to carry out an attack in Kenya. Mohamed Mohamud who is accused of participating attacks in the border town of Mandera is reported to be the mastermind trying to execute the attacks plan.

The acting Kenyan police chief Samuel Arachi told Kenya’s largest newspaper The Nation that security has been tightened across the
country in anticipation for possible attack by Al-Shabab.

Nevertheless, Kenya which dismissed militants’ warnings of pulling troops out of Somalia remains steadfast in keeping its troops in
Somalia to defeat Al-Shabab which lost key towns to Kenyan forces battling to capture more towns from the grouop.

Source: HOL