The terror cell was planning to attack and blow up an open air-market place. If they succeeded, we could have lost many citizens,analysts at SIS warn.
Intelligence gathered by Strategic Intelligence warns of Somali militant-terror Islamist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen staging a gun and suicide bomb attacks a popular open air market in Kenya.
In the intelligence report, Al-Shabaab plans to conduct a suicide terror attack targeting a symbolic pillar of the Kenyan economy.
The target is a crowded marketplace and the outcome of the attack is meant to cement the view that Shabaab is attacking our economy, nationhood, and freedom to justify their agenda.
One such target is the Karatina Open Air Market, the largest open air market in East and Central Africa.
They terror group further wants to prove its capable of striking anywhere in Kenya.
Analysts warn that Al-Shabaab is likely to shift its strategy on soft-targets within symbolic towns to unlikely yet very symbolic targets outside the capital and major cities.
The following Markets in Nairobi operate 7 days a week with Weekends –especially Saturdays – being particularly busy; and as such are targets of terrorist attacks:
- Village Market in Gigiri along Limuru Road: Muthurwa Market adjacent to Muthurwa Bus Station along Landhies Road.
- Gikomba Market adjacent to the sprawling Majengo Slums.
- Toi Market near Adams Arcade.
- Ngara Market situated near Murang’a Road primary School.
- Maasai Market located near Globe Roundabout.
- Mtindwa market in Buruburu.
- Sunbeam market: An upscale thrift market located in CBD.
- City Market along Muindu Mbingu Street.
- Wakulima market along Wakulima road.
- Burma market in Shauri Moyo.
In Mombasa Kenya; the following markets operate from Monday to Sunday, and are probable targets of an Al Shabaab attack:
- Kongowea Market: The largest market in Mombasa. It is particularly busy in Tuesdays and Friday.
- Mwembe Tayari Market located along Mombasa Road.
- Makinon Market located along Nehru Road.
- Marikiti market also located along Nehru Road.
- Majengo market in Sidiriya.
Increased Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capability by Security Intelligence Services
It is noteworthy Kenya security intelligence services have been able to preempt and disrupt many terror attacks in past 6 months.
There is also increased security across the country.
Returning Kenyans who have been radicalized however remain a major challenge in the war on terrorism in Kenya.