NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Sunday called on
the public to remain on high alert and be extra vigilant
especially in populated public places in the wake of terror
threats in the country.
Joseph Boinnet, Inspector
General of Police, said security officers have stepped up
security surveillance across the country in the wake of the
attack at dusitD2 hotel on Jan. 15 in which 21 people were
killed and the latest explosion in Nairobi on Saturday evening
which left two people slightly injured.
"It is critical that all citizens must step up their levels
of alertness regarding their surroundings and provide
information immediately to the police in case anything out of
the ordinary is observed," Boinnet said in a statement issued in
He said the security forces have increased surveillance
measures in key installations, private and public places and
urged the public to exercise caution while dealing with people
with mysterious motives.
The police chief advised against the laxity in the screening
of cars for explosives at all shopping malls and any business or
social gatherings at any given moment that these might be
vulnerable to attacks.
"We also wish to inform the public that whilst we have
stepped up alertness on our highways, all police commanders have
been instructed to apply to a court of law for forfeiture of any
vehicle found with illegal immigrants and any form of
contraband," said the police chief.
He also called on hotels, landlords, churches and public
service vehicles including educational institutions to always
endeavor to establish the identity of their customers entering
their premises by examining their identification documents.
"We further advise that all hotel operators must obtain full
details of their lodgers and restaurant operators must also step
up their levels of alertness and security in their
establishments," Boinnet said.
The statement came after two slightly people were injured on
Saturday evening after a suspected explosive device went off
along a busy Nairobi street.
Nairobi police commander Philip Ndolo said a man of Somali
descent had allegedly hired a trolley pusher to move a carton
box within the city when the package exploded.
The device inside the box is suspected to have been an
improvised explosive device, he said, injuring the trolley
pusher and a newspaper vendor.
The east African nation faces insecurity as bomb attacks
using improvised explosive devices and grenades have been
reported in Nairobi, northeastern and coastal regions since
Kenyan solders entered Somalia in 2011 to secure the shared
border with the lawless country.
Senior al-Shabab official
killed in central Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali National Army (SNA) killed a senior al-Shabab
official in an operation in the country’s central town of
Jalalaqsi, officials said on Sunday.
Mohamad Nur Caga Jof, governor of Jalalaqsi,told journalists
that two of SNA forces sustained injuries during the operation
which was backed by African Union forces.
The forces killed one militant who represented al-Shabab in
collecting taxes in Jalalaqsi and burnt combat vehicles used by
the militants, the official said.
Residents in nearby towns told Xinhua that gunfight broke out
in Jalalaqsi and lasted for several hours.
"We have been told that Somali government forces attacked al-Shabab
fighters hiding in the town, there was huge gun fire exchanged
by the two sides," a resident named Hassan Afrah told Xinhua.
Somali national forces and African Union Mission in Somalia
intensified the operations on al-Shabab militants in central and
southern Somalia, conducting consecutive operations to flush out
al-Qaida linked group from these regions.
African Union plans to
digitize data of all troops in Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)
has announced plans to digitize data of all its troops in the
Horn of Africa nation.
John Kisaale, a data management facilitator with the AU
mission, said the digital integration of its personnel data is
aimed at fast tracking the submission of troop nominal rolls.
"At the end of the day, we expect the running and management
of personnel data will be smooth; and will translate to timely
payment of the troops," Kisaale said in a statement issued on
He said the migration from paper-based data to an online
database, is also expected to hasten compensation and payout of
allowances to the Mission’s uniformed personnel.
According to AMISOM, at least 46 military and police
personnel successfully concluded training on Friday, aimed at
enhancing their knowledge on information and database
Participants were drawn from all AMISOM sectors and comprised
of administrative officers, Board of Inquiry officers and data
clerks, whose duties involve handling personnel issues and
providing mission support.
"This course is therefore coming at the right time, as it
will help us to manage our personnel in a more professional
manner; to enable your effective contribution to the overall
goal of bringing peace to Somalia," said Maurice Gateretse,
AMISOM deputy force commander in-charge of support and