Kenya Says It’s Made ‘Great Inroads’ in Fight Against Terrorism

Kenyan hotel bookings and tourist arrivals are on a steady increase, indicating growing confidence in the nation’s security, Interior Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told reporers in capital, Nairobi.

“We have made great inroads in fight against terrorism,” Nkaissery said. “The return to our tourist havens is indicative of the restoration of security and growing confidence internally and externally.”

Hotel bookings are at 75 percent, from less than 25 percent bed capacity a year ago, after a spate of militant attacks crippled the industry, a key contributor of foreign exchange in the east African nation.

Crime had dropped by 20 percent across the board, Nkaissery said, without giving further details.

Kenya has been hit by several deadly attacks claimed by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked group fighting to overthrow the government in neighboring Somalia. The militants murdered 147 people, mostly Christian students, at Garissa University near the Somali border in April. It was also behind a four-day Nairobi mall siege in 2013 that killed almost 70 people.

In the latest attack, two people were killed on Monday when militia believed to belong to the group sprayed a bus in northern Kenya with bullets.

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