Police call for extra vigilance following explosion in Nairobi CBD
Police have called on members of the public to be more alert about their surroundings and provide information on any suspicious incidents following an explosion within Nairobi’s CBD on Saturday night.
The explosion at the junction of Latema Road and Tom Mboya Street, which police suspect was as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED), left two people nursing minor injuries.
In a series of tweets, the National Police Service said they are investigating the incident, including reviewing CCTV camera footage, to identify those responsible for the incident in which two people were injured.
The police have further advised all hotel operators to obtain full details of their lodgers and restaurant operators and step up their levels of alertness and security in their establishments.
“We also advise PSV operators to monitor the behavior of their passengers and be wary of persons who may board with luggage and thereafter attempt to alight without the baggage,” police further said.
In the wake of the attack at Dusit Hotel and the latest explosion along Latema Road in Nairobi in which two persons suffered slight injuries, it is critical that all citizens must step up their levels of alertness regarding their surroundings and provide information… 1/6
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) January 26, 2019
Shopping mall operators as well as ushers at all worship institutions, educational institutions, and other public places have similarly been advised to frisk all persons entering their premises and promptly notify the police should they detect anything unusual for action.
Police said they had stepped up alertness on major highways and that all police commanders have been instructed to apply to a court of law for forfeiture of any vehicle found with illegal immigrants and any form of contraband.
“Whilst we appeal to the public to support the security agencies to deal with these threats by providing information, we equally request that we refrain from profiling any sections of our population or even engaging in any unlawful acts that could lead to a breach of the peace. Meanwhile, we urge all Kenyans to exercise higher levels of awareness of their surroundings and to go about their business without fear,” the police further said.