Kenya is hosting Counter-Terrorism Conference at UN Headquarters  

Kenya is hosting Counter-Terrorism Conference today at the UN Headquarters in Gigiri just a day after intelligence reports warned about possible Al-Shabaab attack in Nairobi, attacks that are likely to happen in July or August targeting tourist sites. To chair the conference is UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres who landed in Nairobi yesterday. Kenya has immensely suffered under the hands of terrorists where the biggest attacks to be witnessed in the country were the Westgate attack that claimed 67 lives which took place in 2013 and the Garissa University attack which happened two years later. In 2015 Al Shabaab militia group stormed the Garissa University and killed nearly 150 people at an attack which was considered biggest in the country since the 1998 US Embassy bombing that left more than 220 people dead.

In an attempt to reduce the number of terror attacks in the country, the Kenyan government sent its soldier into the Somali region which had been identified as Al Shabaab territory to fight the militia group. The area was Bursar in Gedo region where KDF recorded their greatest attack in history in the town El Adde where sadly about 200 soldiers died. This has however not prevented attacks in Kenya as Kenya is still ranked position 19 as most exposed country to terrorism attack.  This year Kenya suffered another terrorist attack that took place mid-January 2019 in the DusitD2 complex Westlands Nairobi which left more than 20 people dead. This had the country citizens and tourists worried whether Kenya was still safe to travel and transact a business activity.

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At an interview conducted yesterday after his arrival in Kenya, Antonio Guterres said that the aim of the conference is to provide cohesion and peaceful environment where everyone will respect and love each other in the long run and device strategic plans that will aid in combating this terrorist attacks. We all hope for a successful conference at the UN Headquarters which will enable a peaceful and secure country what we all want.

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Adrian Opiyo

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