Kenya urges fans to watch WC at home after attacks

2014-06-20 16:24
Kenya police observe the remains of burnt-out cars at a police station in Mpeketoni, Lamu County. (Simon Maina, AFP)

Kenya police observe the remains of burnt-out cars at a police station in Mpeketoni, Lamu County. (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Nairobi - The Kenyan government on Friday urged people to watch World Cup matches at home rather than in public places, less than a week after attacks on the coast which left nearly 60 dead.

"Where possible, Kenyans are strongly advised to watch the World Cup matches from the comfort of their homes instead of crowded and unprotected open places," the interior ministry said in a statement.

"Although the government has beefed up security in all parts of the country, bar and restaurant owners are at the same time notified to maintain high alert in their areas of operation," the statement said.

"This will ensure that bar and restaurant patrons are safe from criminals who may try to take advantage of the World Cup to perpetrate acts of criminality and violence."

On Sunday night, gunmen raided the coastal town of Mpeketoni - situated near the tourist island of Lamu - and massacred close to 50 people. The attack came as some people in the town were watching a World Cup match in local cafes and hotels.

A further nine people were killed in an attack the following night in a nearby village.

The attacks were claimed by Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab, although President Uhuru Kenyatta has instead blamed the carnage on "local political networks" along with an "opportunist network of other criminal gangs".
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