Kenyan police chief urges vigilance after Paris terror attacks

2015-11-14 17:00:43 GMT2015-11-15 01:00:43(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NAIROBI, Nov 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police have enhanced security measures at all entry points across the country in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in France where over 150 people were killed and several others injured.

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinett said the increased vigilance was necessary to thwart terror and insecurity related attacks in the East Africa nation.

Boinnet who did not elaborate on the security measures said the move is in line with the realization that terror threats against Kenya remain "real."

"In the wake of the latest Paris attacks and realizing that the same terror threat remains real in our country. Whilst we in the police have stepped up vigilance, we call on the public to exercise maximum level of alertness," he said in a brief statement issued in Nairobi.

Boinnet said security forces will work closely with the public in security the country that has fallen victim of similar attacks previously.

The police chief also urged the public to report any suspicious activity and people to security agencies for action.

"Report any suspicious activity and/or persons to the police or any security agency for action. Let's work together to protect our motherland. Our heartfelt condolences to the French people," Boinett added.

More than 150 people were killed in the Paris and Saint-Denis shootings and bombings, French officials said. Saint-Denis is home to the national stadium where the soccer match was being played.

Reports say the worst carnage occurred at Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage. France has declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders.

The coordinated assaults, which began after 9:15 p.m. local time, saw multiple explosions and shootings at six sites across the city at restaurants, soccer stadium and a concert hall.

The siege ended when security forces stormed the building. People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers are reported to have been killed.

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