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JKIA placed on high alert in wake of Istanbul bombings

Kenyan security agencies have heightened security at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and other major airports across the country following the suicide bombings Istanbul’s Ataturk airport.

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Wednesday confirmed the increased level of security in the airports in Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret and Mombasa.

The bombings in Istanbul left at least 36 people including foreigners.Turkey’s prime minister has said early signs pointed to an assault by the Islamic State group.

The attackers began spraying bullets at the international terminal entrance before blowing themselves up at around 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) Tuesday, Turkish authorities said.

Kenyan ambassador to Turkey Kiema Kilonzo has said there are no reports of a Kenyan casualty.

“I wish to assure that Kenyan staff at the embassy and Kenyans living in Istanbul are safe. No case of our national has been reported to have been affected following he suicide bombings at Ataturk airport,” said Ambassador Kilonzo.