Authorities speak on reports of planned Al-shabaab and ISIS attacks in coast region

By , K24 Digital
On Mon, 1 Nov, 2021 17:10 | 2 mins read
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Authorities in Coast region have dismissed reports of planned Al-shaabab and Isis attacks terming the report as fake.

Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said the letter which has been circulating on social media dated October 29, did not originate from his office.

The letter in question indicated that the region has been witnessing a growing number of ISIS and Alshabab terror groups returnees who may be planning to carry out terror related attacks between the months of November and December this year.

The letter further included names of two suspects who are believed to have recently sneaked back into the country,with one of them being described as a senior Al-shaabab operative who is said to have been in Somalia for 9 years and is believed to be holed up in Daring area in Ukunda, Kwale county.

"Isis is planning to execute attacks using arms snatched from unsuspecting security personnel,Alshabab has deployed it's operatives along the Kenya - Somalia boarder with their movement witnessed within Kenyan Territory along Kenya - Somalia boarder in parts of Kiunga,Kisauni Dam Sankuri,Basuba and Milimani areas of Lamu county," the letter read in part.

The letter further gave details on areas the militants are likely to execute attacks with targeting security installations ,main supply routes,frequent public areas,public servicevehicles among others being mentioned as vulnerable points.

According to police the author of the said letter is yet to be arrested.

Coast region police Commander Manasseh Musyoka said police are investigating the source of the purpoted security brief asserting that it is an offense to circulate such alarming messages.

"I have already tasked officcers to dig into the matter and establish who is the source of the letter. We are working around the clock and soon we shall bring to book the author of the stastment," he said.

He further added that there was no terror threat in the coast region.

"The entire coast region is safe. No cause for alarm as security has been beefed up and Kenyans should go on with their normal lives as usual," he said.