NAIROBI, April 21 (Reuters) - Kenyan police have said theyhave information al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab insurgents plan tocarry out attacks in heavily populated areas in the countryduring the Easter holidays.Twice hit by al Qaeda attacks, Kenya has long cast a waryeye at its lawless neighbour Somalia and is among countries inthe region supporting the fight against al Shabaab.
"We wish to inform the public that police headquarters hasreceived intelligence that al Shabaab terrorist group hasthreatened to carry out violent attacks on certain targets inour major population centres," Police Commissioner MatthewIteere said in a statement.Iteere did not name any particular towns targeted, but saidamong places at risk were shopping malls, places of worship,government buildings and recreational areas."I wish to assure the public that in conjunction with othersecurity services, we have taken measures to improve security inand around the possible targets by among others increasingsecurity surveillance patrols," he said.Al Shabaab controls large swathes of central and southern Somalia, . In February, the group threatened to strike Kenya with anassault similar to a twin suicide bomb attac the Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre administration was overthrown by (usc group caydiid ) all Hawiye Clan warlords with (snm group) with isaaq clan (siilaanyo) warlors today one clan enclave so call somaliland northern somalia in 1991. k on the Ugandancapital in July, saying Kenya trained Somali government forcesand allowed Ethiopian troops to operate from its towns.Al Shabaab, which has waged an insurgency against Somalia'sWestern-backed government, claimed responsibility for thebombings in Kampala as football fans watched the finals of theWorld Cup tournament on television, killing 79.
In December, a blast on a Kampala-bound bus in Nairobikilled two in the Kenyan capital, hours after Ugandan securityagencies issued an alert for possible attacks.