IN SHORT: A memo seemingly from Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations warns of an imminent terrorist attack in the country’s capital. But the DCI has branded the document a fake.
The “security brief” document, titled “Threat of attack in the city”, identifies hotels frequented by foreigners, embassies, international schools, vital government installations and public places, such as malls, as vulnerable.
In May 2023 Kenya and Somalia agreed to reopen the border between them. It was officially closed in October 2011 due to Al-Shabaab attacks on Kenyan soil. However, the reopening of the border has been delayed following a new wave of attacks.
But did this memo really come from the DCI, causing concern for the personal safety of the capital's residents? We checked.
Document fake, not from DCI
On 26 August the DCI posted the document on its official X account, with the words “fake” printed on it in red.
“This report doing rounds in sections of the media is fake news,” the post reads.
The alleged memo should be disregarded.
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