Fight against terrorism bearing fruit, more still needed to succeed
SEE ALSO :Photos: CS Matiang’i inspects PSVsCommunication was much better this time. There were clear and regular updates by Kenyan police on the situation as it unfolded. This made the nation know what was happening compared to previous attacks in which the public relied on social and international media, which were more emotional and non-factual. The Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Dr Fred Matiang’i addressed the public to reassure it and to bridge the information gap. Mainstream media was not left behind, having learnt its lessons too. In fact, local media was constantly positive and gave messages of hope. Kenyans on Twitter were so active that they forced the New York Times to pull down some images it had uploaded from the Nairobi scene. To keep Kenyans updated and advised, local media interviewed security experts. Security agencies What was witnessed after the attack was good coordination and deployment of security agencies viewed against other attacks in Kenya; particularly what happened during the Westgate attack. This time, there was clear inter-agency coordination among security agencies that arrived on the ground less than 30 minutes after the attack.
SEE ALSO :Embrace changes, Matiang’i tells policeThis helped control the situation. Looking at the way the agencies carried out operations, perhaps the biggest lesson was how to conduct delicate operations in a seamless and coordinated manner, and this was witnessed in rescue operations at Dusit Hotel. The response from police units was quick and effective. Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet kept reassuring the public that he was in control of the operation. While the attack on Westgate lasted for hours, and the rescue operation went on for days, the assault on Dusit lasted for about 18 hours after which President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the operation over, that all terrorists had been killed. Terror groups Due to the quick and effective deployment and information which was relayed in good time, the security agencies were able to evacuate over 700 people, thus saving lives. The agencies were better equipped to deal with the situation than before. The National Police Service (NPS) boasts several armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and other specialised equipment needed by special police units for such situations as well as those deployed along the volatile sections of the country’s borders to counter terrorism. [email protected]