UK government reiterates Kenyan Police advice to be vigilant during Ramadan

Ramadan prayers
Men pray at a mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the holy month of Ramadan. Photo: AMISOM

The UK government have circulated an email to subscribers reiterating comments made in a statement which the Inspector General of the Kenyan National Police Service released on 10 June.

In it he encouraging extra vigilance in Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi during the holy month of Ramadan.

This year Ramadan, the month-long fast in Islam, will last until July 5.

This fast, which is called al Siym or Zom in the Koran, is one of the five pillars of Islam. The objective of the Ramadan fast is to gain introspection, self-improvement and atonement.

However, for extremist Muslims, however, Ramadan is more than introspection and atonement with ISIS calling on Muslims around the world to attack “infidels” during the period.

You can read the full press release which  below:

On behalf of the National Police Service, I take this opportunity to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters Ramadhan Kareem as they observe this Holy Month.

Ramadhan, as we all know, is a period in which our Muslim brothers and sisters re-dedicate themselves to the Faith, through prayer and goodwill to their neighbors. However, the tranquility that ought to come with the Holy Month is at times desecrated by terror groups to commit atrocities on innocent civilians.

As we all recall, terror attacks have previously been witnessed in the country during this period. We therefore call upon all Kenyans to exercise extra vigilance and report any suspicious activities and/or elements to security agencies for action.

The Police, together with other security agencies in the country, are continuously monitoring Al-Shabaab activities across the border in Somalia and their attempts to infiltrate our country Kenya, with the intentions to commit atrocities.

In the past few weeks, we have witnessed sporadic attempts to stage terror attacks in Mandera and Wajir counties that have been repulsed. This signals a determination by the enemy to conduct attacks in Kenya, in retaliation for the several losses suffered at the hands of AMISOM forces in Somalia.

The areas, particularly along the Kenya-Somalia border, are at higher risk for such attacks. The attacks may be carried out by Al-Shabaab terrorists of Kenyan origin who have been trained in Somalia and are returning into the country. Some may have managed to sneak into other towns such as Mombasa, Malindi and Nairobi, hence PSV operators, hotel and Inn keepers as well as those who maintain public buildings are equally requested to exercise extra vigilance.

Sunrise in Malindi
Sunrise in Malindi © Xiaojun Deng

The terrorists may masquerade as herders looking for pasture or refugees in their effort to infiltrate into the country. As such, we call upon all citizens, more so, communities who reside within these border regions – particularly in Boni Forest and its environs, Kiunga, Mandera, Wajir, Ijara and Garissa, to be on the lookout for such individuals and to promptly inform the security agencies.

As part of our effort to secure our country, Police in the Coast Region have so far arrested four people who were behind the recent killings of three community elders in Ukunda, Kwale County. Investigations have revealed that the culprits were members of Al-Shabaab. Security agencies are still in pursuit of those still on the run.

We therefore appeal to the members of the public to volunteer information to assist in bringing the criminals to justice.

As we observe the Holy month of Ramadhan, I once again call upon Kenyans throughout the country to exercise a high degree of vigilance and to report any suspicious person or activities to the Police by calling the National Police Service Toll Free Numbers 999,911,112 or to any other security agencies within their locality.
We thank members of public for their continued cooperation with security agencies in ensuring the safety and security of our beloved motherland.

Thank you.

God bless Kenya.