In this Holy month of Ramadhan police are not taking any chances when it comes to security matters in the country. Given Muslims perform regular and taraweeh prayers which extend to late night hours, it is only probable for the police to ensure the safety of believers all over the country. This is also a precautionary mechanism to prevent Al-shabaab attacks on churches during this period.
In the past, Al Shabaab has been striking during the Ramadhan period, in particular, June 2014 where 150 lives were lost when the extremist group attacked in Lamu and Tana River Counties. Following the New Zealand Mosque attack in which 50 lives were lost after a white extremist opened fire, Al-Shabaab have vowed to avenge the lives lost, hence the need for more security detail added to mosques and churches alike.
Kenya has been one of the countries in the world targeted by the Al-Shabaab extremist group in the past and taking necessary precautions is mandatory. Early this year, they launched their attack on the popular high-end hotel Dusit D2 on January 15th.
The police maintain that “For a peaceful Ramadhan and the subsequent Eid festivities, security agencies have deployed officers around areas of interest within our cities and in areas near the Kenya -Somalia border” In a press statement released today, the office of the Inspector General added that “more officers have been deployed for enhanced patrols. Police are urging members of the public to be extra vigilant and report any suspicious activities and individuals to security agencies using the toll free lines, 999, 911 and 112”