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Interpol joins probe team after Nairobi al shabaab terror attack

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- International police 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 injured.

"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," Juma said.

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.



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