NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
organization Interpol said it has deployed its team to Nairobi
to assist with investigations into the hotel complex terror
attack which left at least 21 dead and dozens wounded.
Jürgen Stock, Interpol’s secretary general, said the Incident
Response Team (IRT) which was deployed at the request of Kenyan
authorities and its specialists will carry out real-time
comparisons against Interpol’s global databases on evidence
gathered from the crime scene.
"We do not know yet where the investigation will lead, but
experience has shown us that it can be just one piece of
information which can prove vital in connecting the dots - and
that could come from anywhere in the world," Stock also said in
a statement issued in Nairobi on Friday.
He said Interpol’s role is to help coordinate the
international investigative response in support of the Kenyan
authorities as they investigate this appalling terrorist attack.
"Whether through comparison of information against Interpol’s
global databases, or the issuance of a notice to identify a
victim, locate a wanted person, or seek additional information
on suspects, Interpol is offering all necessary assistance to
help bring those responsible to justice," said Stock.
The move came after the security officers have intensified
investigations, arresting suspects believed to have played part
in the terror attack on Tuesday.
According to the police, 11 suspects have been arrested in
connection with the attack.
Somali terror group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the
Tuesday attack, saying they killed 47 people inside DusitD2
Hotel, part of a Thai-owned international chain that appeared to
be the chief target of the attackers.
Kenya vows to strengthen
counter-terrorism efforts in wake of attack
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya vowed on Friday to strengthen its counter-terrorism
efforts and enhance cooperation with international community to
tackle extremism, three days after the attack on an upmarket
hotel and office complex in Nairobi.
Monica Juma, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, expressed Kenya’s commitment to tackling all forms of
terrorism, saying security officers will track and bring to
justice all those who may have played a role in the execution of
the attack in which 21 people were killed and several others
"Kenya remains unbowed and will play her part in support of
stronger international cooperation and efforts to detect, deter,
disrupt and defeat all forms of terrorism," she told foreign
envoys during a briefing in Nairobi.
Juma who lauded the international community for supporting
Kenya in the wake of the attack said the reprehensible act will
not change Kenyans way of life, saying the East African nation
remains united and resilient.
"The business community has not been shaken. Instead, we are
receiving very encouraging responses and news from the bourse
that the Nairobi Stock Exchange gained 19 billion shillings (188
million U.S. dollars) in a day," said Juma.
She said the government will continue to strengthen
institutions and promote regional security and global peace,
reiterating President Uhuru Kenyatta’s assurance that Kenya was
ready and open for business.
"As stated by H.E. President Kenyatta, normalcy has resumed,
people are back to their businesses even as operations continue.
Around the area of attack, consultations and deep reflections
will continue aware of the pain endured by the many families
caught up in the tragedy," said Juma.
She said while this attack on the Dusit complex was on the
Kenyan territory, it was targeted at the world since the complex
hosts a range of international establishments and interests.
"The attack is a clear reminder that the terrorist objective
to change the way of life of other societies is alive. It is a
reminder that no country is immune to international terrorism,"
Kenya cracks down on
illegal foreign film crews
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Friday launched a crackdown on illegal
foreign film crews to help boost national security.
Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive
officer Ezekiel Mutua told reporters in Nairobi that illegal or
unauthorized filming, particularly in public places, poses
serious security threats to the country.
"Films can be used by criminals to gather information and
navigate targeted spots. Illegal films in public places must
therefore not be allowed," he said.
"We will work closely with security agencies to always
monitor and scrutinize such activities and apprehend anyone
operating without a filming license from the Board."
The announcement came a few days after Kenya suffered a
terror attack at a Nairobi business complex that has so far
claimed 21 lives.
Mutua noted that there have been cases of forged filming
licenses issued by some unscrupulous persons masquerading as
KFCB registered films.
"In one incident which we have reported to the police, a
forged filming license was issued to a foreign film crew in the
country," he said.
"Considering the possible misuse of films and content
creation by criminal elements, and in order to support security
agencies with data and information about authorized filmmakers
in Kenya, KFCB urges all filmmakers to ensure that they have a
film license before embarking on any shoot," Mutua said.
He said that the license requirement also touches on those
filming at the national parks and games reserves.
"Indeed, we have information that some of the people involved
in the illegal filming activities are foreigners who come into
the country as tourists but end up shooting films without
authorization," Mutua said.
These developments are worrying as they can lead to serious
security breaches and can be abused by criminals to jeopardize
national security, he said.