Kenyan security agents uncover airport suicide bomb plot




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Nairobi  –   Kenyan Security Agents have uncovered a plot by Al Shabaab terror group to teams of 11 suicide bombers, masquerading as , to bomb aircraft during landing or -off at airports in East African nation.

This was disclosed in a leaked security report seen on .

“We have received an intelligence report that Al Shabaab is planning to conduct suicide terror against Kenyan airports late February and early March 2016,” Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Security Chief, Eric Kiraithe, wrote in an internal memo dated Feb. 26.

memo warned Al Shabaab would attempt to domestic flights using operatives posing as who would blow themselves during landing at Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport or Wilson Airport, which handles light commercial flights operating within the East African region.

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The memo warned the team of 11 suicide bombers were trained at an undisclosed location in readiness for the , with at least five deployed to target Nairobi, while another team targets Mombasa airport.

“The planned by the Al Shabaab against Kenya Airports are likely to paralyse operations at the vital installations with far reaching ramifications to security. Ensure that every measure is applied to prevent any such eventuality,” the memo stated.

Al Shabaab conducted an airborne on an airline in Somalia recently, leading to an landing of the aircraft.

The suicide bomb was passed to a passenger on board as a computer. The device exploded, blowing a huge hole in the aircraft’s hull.

Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. (PANA/NAN)