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Kenya calls on citizen to remain vigilant over terror threats


14:16, November 15, 2011

UASIN GISHU, Kenya, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Monday urged Kenyans to remain vigilant at this time when the country has waged an operation inside Somalia to deal with militant elements.

Kibaki whose country launched cross border operations in Somalia to pursue Al-Shabaab military said the citizens must be on the lookout for persons who may seek to destabilize the nation.

"As Kenyans we must all play our rightful role in maintaining peace," Kibaki said,"We must therefore be on the lookout for persons who may seek to destabilize our nation" Kibaki said.

He was speaking at Ziwa in Uasin Gishu county in southwest Kenya where he officially launched the 15 million U.S. dollars rehabilitation project of the Eldoret-Ziwa-Kachibora and Kachibora- Moi's bridge roads.

Stressing that peace and stability are the cornerstones of any development, President Kibaki appealed to all Kenyans to work closely with security forces and report any persons who are a threat to national security.

The President thanked all Kenyans for their unwavering support for the ongoing military action inside Somalia.

He assured Kenyans that Kenyan security forces will complete the work and operation that they have begun inside Somalia and within the Kenyan borders.

The Kenyan leader's remarks come as the country's troops continue with their advances in southern Somalia in a bid to subdue the militants blamed for a series of abductions on the Kenyan soil.

The remarks also came as military denied reports that it carried out air strikes at Afgoye, 30 km from the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Military spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir confirmed that there was an explosion which was not carried out by Kenyans.

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