Anti-terror war pays off as attacks decline

Seth Onyango @SethManex

Terror-related deaths and injuries have dropped drastically in the last year.According to the State of National Security report tabled in Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta, 82 Kenyans have lost their lives in terror attacks in the last year compared to previous year.

The report also revealed that 118 were injured over the same period in what highlights a declining trend in terror-related deaths and injuries.

The Head of State attributed the decline to sustained disruption of terror activities by his administration which has managed to contain attacks to a few isolated and populated areas.

“In addition to efforts to dismantle terrorists’ operational capabilities, the government has increased its focus on prevention and reduction of the incentive of radicalisation and violent extremism,” he said.

President  Uhuru tabled the report during his recent State of the Nation address to the joint Parliament sitting. He acknowledged that terrorism still poses a major threat to country’s peace but assured security agents have been deployed countrywide to detect, disrupt, deter and defeat terror attacks.

“As security personnel track and pursue terrorists, the government salutes the fallen heroes who died in the line of duty and recognises the sacrifice they have borne in their endeavour to protect the motherland,” he said.

Notably, the number of Kenyans killed in terrorist incidences has dropped in the latest report compared to the corresponding years.

Some of deadliest attacks in Kenya happened in the first years of President Uhuru’s first term.

Notably is the September 2013 attack where al Shabaab  militants targeted and shot customers at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall killing at least 67 people.

Notably, is the April 2015 attack, where gunmen stormed the Garissa University College, killing almost 150 people, majority of whom were students and injuring others. Between  June 15  and June 17, 2014, more than 60 people were killed and scores injured in attacks near Mpeketoni in Lamu county.

Meanwhile, the Head of State has said the security agencies will continue to combat organised criminal groups in major cities and towns, top being 40 Brothers, Gaza and Super Power in Nairobi.

Others include remnants of the outlawed Mungiki whom he blamed for extortions, muggings, control of bus termini and peddling of drugs,

In Mombasa, the President said officers are working to neutralise groups such as Wakali Wao and Wakali Kwanza while in Kisumu, the law enforcers will target the Marine and China boys.

“During the 2017 General Election, some politicians sourced the services of some gangs to target their rivals…some criminal elements have infiltrated boda boda businesses particularly in urban settings taking advantage of the versatility of the mode of transport,” he said in the report.

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