Kenya warned of possible Al-Shabaab attack in Nairobi
MOGADISHU, Somalia – Kenyan authorities was alerted over a deadly possible Al-Shabaab attack in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in July or August.
The VOA’s journalist Harun Macruf says intelligence reports warned about possible Al-Shabaab attack in Nairobi which is feared to take place in July or August.
He says the militant group could have smuggled explosive materials into the Kenya.
He added the potential targets included tourist sites where there are lots of foreigners.
There was no immediate comment from Kenyan authorities over the warning of possible attack by Al Shabaab.
The al Qaeda linked group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for a 19-hour siege on the affluent DusitD2 hotel in January in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, which left 21 people dead, while another 28 wounded.
In December 2015, Al Shabaab gunmen killed 28 people, mostly Christian teachers on a bus heading home to Mandera from Nairobi for the Christmas holiday.
In April of 2015, the group’s militants stormed into Kenya’s Garissa University, where its fighters killed 148 students — most of them Christian.
In 2013, fighters from the al-Qaeda-linked group attacked an upscale shopping mall in Nairobi, killing more than 70 people. The siege on the mall lasted for four days.
The al Qaeda linked group used to control most major cities and towns in southern and central Somalia but a UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping troops has pushed them out of those areas.
Kenya has troops as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) in Somalia.