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By Fred Mukinda The Citizen Correspondent Nairobi. Somalia militia Al-Shabaab has warned of terror attacks in Nairobi over the month of Ramadhan that starts today. Nairobi police boss Anthony Kibuchi made the revelation on Friday, barely a day after he ordered increased police presence around shopping malls and bus stops in the city."Al-Shabaab terrorists have issued threats that they will carry out massive destruction during Holy Month of Ramadhan. Let everybody be extra alert,” he said.
On Thursday, the Israeli embassy in Nairobi repeated warnings of a global onslaught by terrorists, saying Kenya was among the countries targeted. The Al-Shabaab has since October last year hit targets in Kenya, most recently in Wajir, where four people were injured in twin grenade explosions on Wednesday.
One blast went off at around 7.45pm at Dubai Shopping Mall and the second exploded about 400 metres away. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the attacks as "horrific" and likened them to an earlier explosion at a bus in Bulgaria where seven people, among them six Israelis were killed.
The bus was packed with young Israeli tourists.In a dispatch from the Nairobi embassy, Mr Netanyahu said: “All signs point towards Iran. Over the last few months we have seen Iran’s attempts to attack Israelis in Thailand, India, Georgia, Kenya, Cyprus and other countries. This is a global Iranian terror onslaught and Israel will react firmly to it.”
Two Iranians — Mr Ahmad Abolafathi Mohammed and Mr Sayed Mansour Mousa — were arrested in Kenya last month and detained at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison on charges of being in possession of 15 kilogrammes of RDX, a chemical used in making bombs.
RDX is a more powerful explosive compared to TNT, the conventional ingredient for making bombs such as the one used in 1998 US embassy attack in Nairobi which killed more than 200 people.