Security beefed up after leaflets warn of attacks

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Ali Dhere

Security has been beefed up following circulation of leaflets containing terrorist attack threats.

County commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga has confirmed that leaflets written “Al-Shabaabtunakuja” were recovered at Egoji Teachers Training College and Maua Methodist Hospital last Thursday and Friday respectively, but noted that security had been intensified.

Mr Nyagwanga told journalists in his office on Monday that security in all learning institutions and public entities had been beefed up and the public had nothing to fear.

He noted that though there are some terror alerts, the government was vigilant. He assured county residents that the government had mechanisms to safeguard them.

“We got the leaflets and we treated the messages they contain with a lot of seriousness. Lately we have intensified security at all the tertiary institutions where terror scares were reported and at other public places. Residents must work and should have nothing to fear,” said Mr Nyagwanga

He has however rejected claims that the leaflets were dispatched by terrorists, saying that some individuals with ill motives were trying to scare residents.

“The government cannot take chances on matters of security. We treat all the alerts with seriousness though we cannot say they are from the terrorists. Some individuals with ill motives can also scare people for no apparent reason,” he explained.

The commissioner has also urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons to the security authorities.

“We must be vigilant at all times. The government has taken steps to guarantee security of residents and students. Members of public should also engage the government and report to police any matter they see which can compromise their security,” he said.