Nowadays, it is as if we are making headlines in wrong reasons. I like it when Kenya is seen on the world as the peaceful East African country that produces and nurtures athletic world champions. But this is slowly fading away as goons and terrorists haunt us to the roots.
On 17th November, 20014 the police raided two mosques, Masjid Musa and Masjid Sakina in Majengo, Mombasa where they arrested several suspects linked to terrorism in the country. Several weapons were also recovered; including six hand grenades, two pistols, pangas (machetes) among other crude weapons.
The two mosques are believed to be the breeding dens of youth radicalization in the coastal Kenya and have been in the watchful eye of the Terrorism Prevention Unit (TPU) for a while.
During the raid, one man was shot dead when he tried to hurl a grenade at the officers. The official number of those arrested is 261 and the police are calling upon members of the society to help them apprehend the most wanted individuals who escaped the swoop.
Coastal Kenya has been deeply affected by terrorism related threats. In one incident, a village was reduced to ashes, and 100 people lost there lives in that night of terror. Although Mpeketoni massacre was initially believed to be politically instigated, the National Intelligence Security Service (NIS) later confirmed that it was indeed; an act of terrorism.
It was believed that foreign terrorists from the neighboring country, Somalia, were assisted by the locals to carry out massive killings before they escaped back to the war torn country on the horn of Africa.
Back to the main story;
Following the arrest of youths from the two mosques, there were retaliatory attacks which left four people dead and several others wounded. The police spokes person confirmed that radical youths were behind the killings and that they are doing everything possible to arrest the criminals involved.
This are just tips of the main problem affecting Kenya’s economy -insecurity is the reality that hovers around everyone in Kenya. We only need to minimize exposure to common threats.
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