Kenya’s police are searching for suspected Islamist militants who may be planning attacks in the East African nation, according to a statement published on the Interior Ministry’s Twitter account.
Six suspected members of al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based insurgent group, may be “on a mission to stage terrorist attacks against our country,” Police Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet said in the statement. “Available information indicates that others could be mobilizing in Somalia and may take advantage of the rainy season” to carry out raids in the country’s northeastern and coastal regions, he said.
Attacks in Kenya by al-Shabaab have killed more than 500 people over the past two years, according to Verisk Maplecroft, the Bath, U.K.-based risk-advisory group. The raids have contributed to a slowdown in economic growth as foreign visitors who contribute to the $1 billion the country earns annually from tourism stay away.