Kenya tightens security in tourist resorts as high season begins

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Kenyan authorities have announced elaborate security measures in the tourism resorts in the coastal city as high season kicked off in August.

According to tourism stakeholders, bookings for hotels at the Coast are increasing with the onset of the August season, giving hope to the recovery of the tourism sector.

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa told journalists in Mombasa that the police have increased patrols at key installations that might be targeted by Al-Shabaab group.

Marwa said more security officers will be deployed during the Mombasa international show, cultural festivals, and among others activities lined up in Mombasa this month.

“We have mapped areas likely to prone to attacks and attached more officers. Our intelligence team has increased information gathering to deal with Al-Shabaab threats,” Marwa said.

His remarks came the East African bloc, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), warned that Al-Shabaab group is plotting major attacks in East Africa.

IGAD said that the militant group has grown and expanded its aspirations, operations and aims, and is preparing to wage a long war in East Africa.

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