Police Trash Looming Al Shabaab Attacks

    Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome has assured Kenyans the country is safe following an alarming memo from Makadara sub-county police commander Timon Odingo listing regions allegedly targeted by terrorists.

    In a statement on Wednesday, Koome said the officer lacked the mandate to release such a communication.

    “In tandem with the communication procedure within the National Police Service, we wish to clarify that the letter has neither originated from the Office of the Inspector General nor has the undersigned officer received any instructions in accordance with the chain of command, to author or disseminate the letter,” Koome said.

    “As a deterrence measure, administrative action has been taken against the concerned officer.”

    The IG advised the public to continue with their daily businesses but without fear.

    In the memo, the Makadara sub-county police commander Timon Odingo had called for increased surveillance in these high-target areas.

    He listed marked areas believed to be targeted by al-Shabaab militants for possible attacks this festive season.

    Some of the areas stated include; the Presbyterian Guest House and Conference Centre in South C, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in South B, Nairobi West Mall, Capital Centre, Garden City and T-Mall.

    “The group may also be targeting other guest houses and conference centres owned by churches as well as Christmas and New Year’s eve celebrations,” the letter said.

    The attacks according to police are to disrupt the Christmas festivities