Terrorism-Weary Kenya Increases Vigilance After Paris Attacks

  • Kenya has faced numerous attacks by Al Qaeda-linked militants
  • At least 500 people killed by Islamic groups in past 3 years

Kenya, the East African nation where Islamist militants have killed hundreds of people in recent years, increased security vigilance following attacks in Paris that claimed at least 120 lives.

"Whilst we the police have stepped up vigilance, we call on the public to exercise maximum level of alertness," Police Chief Joseph Boinnet said on his Twitter Account on Saturday. "The same threat remains real in our country."

Kenya has faced numerous attacks since it deployed troops in neighboring Somalia in 2011 to hunt for Al Qaeda-linked militants blamed for abductions and tourist murders on its soil. Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for shootings including the assault on a college campus in Garissa County, in the North East of Kenya, where 147 people were killed in April. At least 500 people have been killed in attacks over the past three years.

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