By Ivan Mwine
There is immense amongst citizens and security forces in Kenya after the European Union (EU) on Thursday warned of an imminent terrorist attack on the East African country.
The warning was issued by France, German and other countries under the EU, who warned their citizens to stand warned because intelligence gathered so far points to a possible terrorist attack.
“There is a real risk of targeting public places frequented by foreign nationals (restaurants, hotels, leisure venues, shopping malls), in particular in Nairobi, a statement from the French embassy in Nairobi reads in part.
It continues thus; “People in Kenya are advised to exercise vigilance and avoid frequenting these public places in the coming days, including this weekend.”
Maarten Brouwer, the Dutch Ambassador to Kenya, said his French colleagues had informed his embassy about the threat. “The information is being assessed as credible,” he said.
He added that; “Of course we all hope that this threat turns out to be a false alarm, but nonetheless we want to share this information with you so you can take your own precautions.” Brouwer noted in a letter that; “The information is, as usual, not specific: the time and place of the attack are unknown.”
It should be noted that Kenya, which heading into presidential polls later this year, has experienced a number of terrorist attacks over the years, many of them masterminded by the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab, which is based in neighboring Somalia.
The latest horrible attack happened in January 2019, when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a hotel and commercial complex in the Kenyan capital, killing at least 21 people, including two foreigners.
Earlier on in 2013, terrorist attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people, including 19 foreigners, and injuring nearly 200, reason why foreign nationals are being warned since they have always been targeted in these attacks.