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Kapenguria attack raises questions

By Stephen Mandela | July 15th 2016

The #KapenguriaAttack should be a lesson to security officers. Respect the tools of your trade. If you haven't noticed, the world is at war! #WarOnTerror. The attack raises some serious questions... 1. Why do police officers (with extensive paramilitary and martial arts training) conduct a head count while armed with firearms in Police cells? 2. Are these attacks on Police posts (Wajir, Mangani, Kapenguria) and isolated/random acts or are they well-coordinated probing attacks by al Shabaab?

I don't want to sound alarmist but I have good reason to be worried. You see, there has been an increase in terrorist activity over the past couple of weeks. I suspect a change in al Shabaab strategy. These small scale attacks could be meant to test, stretch and/overwhelm our security and intelligence services even as they plot a high profile attack(s) on Kenyan soil.

As details about the attack in West Pokot continue to unfold, my thoughts and prayers remain with the fallen officers and their families. Amid today's ever- present threat of terrorism and crime, we are reminded to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity. #KaaChonjo #Usinyamaze #EpukaUgaidi

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