Mombasa police on high alert over reports of planned terror attacks

Mombasa police on high alert over reports of planned terror attacks

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Mombasa, KENYA: Security officials in Mombasa have issued a terror alert during this season of Ramadhan.

Police say Likoni- ferry channel,Mombasa port,Moi international airport,major installations, Jomo Kenyatta public beach and churches are the  places that terror group Alshabaab are likely targeting.

Two dogs accompanied by civilian police have so far been dispatched at Kenya  ferry channel where thousands of commuters cross daily.

Newly appointed Mombasa county commissioner Maalim Mohammed confirmed the terror alert on Monday saying security agents were ready to avert any attack,but urged the  public to be more vigil.

“In terms of security,yes we have an alert but we want to assure  Mombasa county residents and visitors that we have adequate security  measures in place the places that is; KFS,port, Churches, Jomo Kenyatta public beach,Moi International airport and major malls in this town,” said the county commissioner.

Mr Maalim noted that the security committee was in final stages in developing security county Intelligence committee, so as to boost up security.

The county commissioner assured Mombasa residents and visitors of their security.

He added that security agents will work hand in hand with security firms and stakeholders to make sure county remains calm.

On criminal gangs attacking residents in old town and majengo area, the county commissioner issued stern warning saying it won’t be business as usual.

This comes a day after a gunman shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, US on Sunday; making it one of the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history.

The attacker Omar Mateen,29,is reported to have, carried an assault rifle and a pistol into the packed Pulse club about 2 a.m. Sunday and started shooting.
CNN reports that during the attack, Mateen called 911 to pledge allegiance to the ISIS terror group and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombers, according to a U.S. official.

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