European Embassies Warn of Imminent Terror Attacks in Nairobi

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The French Embassy claimed it had “credible intelligence” of an imminent terrorist attack against Westerners in Kenya. “There’s a real risk targeting public places frequented by foreign nationals (restaurants, hotels, leisure venues, shopping malls), in particular in Nairobi,” the French Embassy said in a statement

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenya is on high alert following a warning by the French, UK, Dutch and the USA over a possible terror attack in Nairobi. President Uhuru Kenyatta is reported to have chaired an emergency security meeting with top government officials on Friday that lasted for several hours. The anti-terror police unit also beefed up heavy patrols in the city.

During the meeting, President Kenyatta is understood to have demanded an end to disturbing reports of mysterious killings that have engulfed the country in the recent past. At least twenty-two corpses have so far been retrieved from the Yala River, a section of residents blame a unit within the police service for the killings.

Kenyans who spoke to The Weekly Vision Online accused a “hit squad” with the police for the murders claiming some of the badly decomposing bodies bore torture marks. Chief government pathologist said DNA tests would have to be conducted on the bodies to establish the true identity of the deceased as police called for patience and an end to speculation. Outraged Kenyans claim many people, most of them young men and at the prime of their lives have been killed in cold blood by police.

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

The French Embassy claimed it had “credible intelligence” of an imminent terrorist attack against Westerners in Kenya. “There’s a real risk targeting public places frequented by foreign nationals (restaurants, hotels, leisure venues, shopping malls), in particular in Nairobi,” the French Embassy said in a statement on Thursday. Other details about the threat or the source of the intelligence were not immediately released.

“People in Kenya are advised to exercise extreme vigilance and avoid frequenting these public places in the coming days, including this weekend,” the statement added. 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. “Of course, we all hope that this threat turns out to be a false alarm, but we want to share this information with you so you can take precautions,” Brouwer said in a letter. “The information is, as usual, not specific: the time and place of the attack are unknown.”

Kenya has experienced several attacks over the years, many of which were carried out by the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab, which is based in Somalia. In January 2019, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a hotel and commercial complex in the capital, killing at least 21 people, including two foreigners.

And in 2013, gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people, including 19 foreigners, and injuring nearly 200. In 2014 the bandits slaughtered over 50 people in Mpeketoni, and at Garissa university in 2015 killed more than 150 students and lecturers.

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