Security has been beefed up at major Kenyan airports following intelligence reports that Al-Shabaab militants are planning to stage attacks.
A leaked internal memo signed by Kenya Airport’s Authority Head Of Security Eric Kiraithe states that 11 Al-Shabaab suicide bombers have been trained ready for the mission.
According to the memo, the planned attacks to be staged end of February and early March will target domestic flights.
“The attacks mainly target domestic flights and operatives posing as passengers intend to blow themselves up during landing,” says part of the memo dated February 26.
The memo warns that the planned attacks by the terrorists against Kenyan airports may paralyse operations at the vital installations with far reaching ramifications to national security.
“Consequently, a team of 11 suicide bombers have undergone training within Somalia on airborne suicide missions in readiness for the attacks. Five operatives will target Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Wilson Airport while the rest will focus on airports at the Coast region among them Moi International Airport.”
A section of Kenyans rely on domestic flights to connect to their destinations. There are many local flights that operate to various airports within the country.
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