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Kapenguria, France and Orlando attacks are proof of an enemy within

By Ken Mwangi | July 17th 2016

The heinous attacks that happened on Thursday night in Nice France spells out one thing; no place on planet earth is safe in this age and time.

Nice is a rather quiet and peaceful city compared to any other city center around France but that didn't deter a 31-year-old French-Tunisian terrorist from slamming a lorry into a crowd of people who were watching Bastille Day celebrations on the Promenade des Anglais. The terrorist managed to mow down dozens of men, women and children killing at least 84 innocent lives.

This incident comes barely a month ago when a 29-year-old American security guard Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a terrorist attack—also considered a hate crime—inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. This single attack was termed as the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Closer home, a gunman entered Kapenguria police station and opened fire at his own colleagues, (yes, he was a police officer based at the same station) and killed at least 8 officers, among them the area OCS.

What is apparently clear here is that it's no longer foreigners committing terrorist attacks in foreign countries rather it is citizens terrorizing their own homelands. It's a clear state of 'Enemy Within' stemming from a change of tactics by terror groups around the world.

Security experts term them as crimes committed by terror group's sympathizers which pose a new challenge to intelligence agencies globally.

During the Orlando shootings, Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He later told a negotiator he was "out here right now" because of bombing campaigns in the American-led intervention in Iraq and American-led intervention in Syria, and that the negotiator should tell America to stop.

Even though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks in Nice, it's clear that France's political stand in Syria and Iraq could be a catalyst for this attack. While condemning the attack, French president Francois Hollande said that the country's borders were being tightened, vowing that France would show "real force and military action in Syria and Iraq".

"#JesuisNice", the simple phrase, which translates to "I am Nice”, is the hash tag that has been trending on Twitter ever since the horror lorry massacre occurred in France, which is a variation of the "#JesuisCharlie", one that began trending on social media hours after the horrifying terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo office January 2015.

Before #JesuisNice, we had #JesuisBaghdad, #JesuisOrlando, #JesuisMogadishu and recently #JesuisInstanbul. I think it's time the world wakes up and realize that it's not only certain parts of the globe that are being targeted by the terrorists, but the world at large.

It's the world against terrorism, humans against terrorists and the #JesuisHuman would be more relevant and timely.

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