The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has dismissed reports regarding a potential terrorist attack in Nairobi.
This response comes in light of a letter circulating in certain media outlets, allegedly authored by the National Police Service and signed by Peter Nthigah, the DCI regional coordinator.
“This report doing rounds in sections of the media is fake news,” DCI said on Saturday.
The letter, dated August 23 and addressed to all SCCIOs, warns that the terrorist group Al Shabab is planning attacks in Nairobi between now and the end of the month.
The intended targets were stated to be Western military bases within the country.
The letter urges heightened security measures and increased scrutiny of individuals visiting critical installations and public areas within the city to preempt potential attacks.
“The armed attackers believed to be already in Nairobi plan to detonate suicide vests reinforced with sporadic shooting in crowded places and targeted areas,” the document reads.
“Noteworthy, hotels frequented by foreigners, embassies, international schools, vital government installations, and social places such as malls remain vulnerable,” the report further stated.
This update coincides with Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale’s visit to the Kenya Navy Base in Lamu County on Saturday, where he assessed the activities of the Kenya Defence Forces stationed there.
The Kenya Navy Base in Manda Bay substantially bolsters the nation’s counter-terrorism endeavors and reinforces its capacity to safeguard its maritime boundaries.
Strategically positioned within the Lamu Archipelago, this base will contribute to managing risks and addressing threats, ultimately enhancing the security of Kenya’s maritime economic zone, which is crucial for the growth of ocean-related economic activities.