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Kenya beef up airport security over terrorism scare

Kenyan authorities have beefed up security at the country’s major airports following intelligence reports that Al-Shabaab militants have concluded plans to use suicide bombers disguised as passengers to stage attacks in aircraft

According to Kenyan authorities, a leaked internal memo shows up to 11 Al-Shabaab suicide bombers have been trained ready for the mission.

The memo from the Kenya Airports Authority security stated that the planned attacks to be staged end of February and early March will target domestic flights.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Terminal 1
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Terminal 1

“The attacks mainly target domestic flights and operatives posing as passengers intend to blow themselves up during landing,” says part of the memo dated February 26 and signed by head of security Eric Kiraithe.

Kiraithe refused to comment on the memo when reached.

The memo warns that the planned attacks by the terrorists against Kenyan airports may paralyse operations at the vital installations with far reaching ramifications to national security. “Consequently, a team of 11 suicide bombers have undergone training within Somalia on airborne suicide missions in readiness for the attacks. Five operatives will target Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport while the rest will focus on airports at the Coast region among them Moi International Airport.”

A section of Kenyans rely on domestic flights to connect to their destinations. There are many local flights that operate to various airports within the country. A spot-check showed security screening at the airports had been boosted. The memo comes days after Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet said Al-Shabaab threat remains alive in the country.

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