Kenya issues security statement after Kampala explosions

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 16 Nov, 2021 17:37 | < 1 min read
Photo of the Tuesday, November 16 explosion in Kampala, Uganda.PHOTO/COURTESY

The government has assured Kenyans of their safety following the Tuesday, November 16 terror attacks in Kampala, Uganda. 

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the National Police Service (NPS) said Kenya has heightened its security assuring the country of safety from terror-related attacks. 

“The National Police Service assures the public of their security and safety following terror-related incidences in our neighboring country earlier today. Our sympathies to victims and families who were affected by such an atrocious act,” part of the statement by NPS read in part. 

NPS further said that security at Kenya’s borders has been enhanced in light of the terror attack in Kampala. 

“We have activated our security installations across the country with heightened security within our towns and borders,” NPS said. 

The police further urged Kenyans to vigilant and are on the watch ensuring they report suspicious persons to law enforcement agencies. 

“While we remain on high alert to safeguard residents and their properties, we encourage the public to be watchful of any suspicious persons and activities within their neighborhoods and report them to the nearest police station or on our toll-free numbers 999/112 and 0800722203,” NPS said.

Reports indicate that a triple suicide bombing killed at least three people in Kampala sending Members of Parliament and others rushing for cover as cars burst into flames in the latest in a wave of bomb attacks. 

At least 33 people were rushed to the hospital for treatment including five who were in critical condition, police spokesperson Fred Enanga said.

The death toll including the three bombers was six, Enanga said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Police said intelligence indicated the Islamic State-aligned Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were responsible.