Police IG Mutyambai says security beefed up, urges for public vigilance

The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai on the day he took oath of office at the Supreme Court. [File, Standard]

Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has said that security has been beefed up in places of worship during the season of Ramadhan.

The IG has said that the action is in response to the pleas from political and religious leaders who urged the police to secure places of worship to avert possible terror attacks.

In statement released on Wednesday afternoon, the police boss has cited past terror attacks orchestrated during the month of Ramadhan as reason enough to be vigilant.

He said: “Al-shabaab has a history of striking during Ramadhan and emulating global jihadist groups’ modes of attack. In Ramadhan of June 2014 alone, 150 innocent lives were lost when Al-shabaab fighters infiltrated the country and conducted heinous attacks in villages within Lamu and Tana River counties.”

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He further cautioned that the Somalia-based Islamic terror group has issued a threat of retaliatory attacks in relation to the attack in which a white supremacist massacred 50 Muslims in Christchurch mosque in New Zealand.

The statement gives an instance of attack in which Islamic State conducted eight attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 300 and injuring 500.

The police boss has also urged members of the public to report any suspicious individuals and activities to prevent possible terror attacks. He has provided 999, 911 and 112 as the help lines to report such incidents.

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