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Terror alert is a false alarm, police boss says

The National Police Service has discredited a terror alert that has been in circulation on social media terming it as a forgery.

The letter, that is said to have originated from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) dated January 27, 2017, warned that the Al Shabaab terror group was planing an attack on a learning institution in Nairobi similar to the Garissa University attack of  April 02, 2015.

But in response, the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said the information contained in the letter is false and aimed at causing panic and apprehension on the public.

PHOTO | COURTESY
PHOTO | COURTESY

FALSE INFORMATION

“National Police Service has been drawn to a letter circulating on social media purporting to be purporting to be issued by the Nairobi Directorate of Criminal Investigations office warning on Al Shabaab plannint to attack learning institutions within Nairobi. We wish to put it right that the letter is a forgery and information contained in it is false,” read the letter signed by Assistant Inspector General George Kinoti.

The development comes a day after the Kenya Defence Forces reportedly lost 9 of its officers in an attack at Kolibyow base in Somalia on Friday morning after Al Shabaab attacked the military camp.