Al-Shabaab’s threat to East Africa to be analysed at Security Forum

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The East Africa Energy Infrastructure Security 2015 Forum, organised by IRN, will take place on 4th-5th February 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Terrorism is an increasing concern in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and its border with Somalia. Only two weeks ago, militants from Al Shabaab killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers near the north Kenyan town of Mandera. The militants said they carried out the attack in response to the involvement of Kenyan forces in the neighbouring country. It was the second massacre which happened recently. Last month militants killed 28 passengers in an attack on a bus in Kenya who could not recite the Muslim statement of faith known as the Shahada. Al Shabaab stated that attacks will continue in Kenya in reprisal for the country’s involvement in an UN-backed peacekeeping force in Somalia.

Terrorism will be discussed in depth by speakers at the East Africa Energy Infrastructure Security 2015 Forum on 4th-5th February. On the afternoon of the first day, delegates will hear a case study on insecurity, terrorism and religious fundamentalism in East Africa led by a senior researcher of the Institute of Security Studies - Kenya. The presentation will not only look at Al Shabaab’s activity and its socio-economic impact on the region, but also cover the origin, meaning and actions of Lord’s Resistance Army, the extremist movement operating in northern Uganda and South Sudan.

Amongst the speakers will be senior security representatives from companies such as: Tullow Oil, Chevron, VIVO Energy Africa, National Oil Corporation of Kenya, Puma Energy South Africa, Maersk Oil Kenya, CNOOC Uganda, BG Group, TransGen Energy, Kenya Ports Authority, IGAD Nairobi, ABB, Control Risks, Institute for Human Rights and Business, UN Somalia and Kenya and UNODC.

This Forum is sponsored by the integrated risk solutions provider, Warrior Security; and supported by the Security Research and Information Centre (SRIC). IRN’s Official Charity Partner is East Africa Children’s Hope, a foundation whose mission is to support vulnerable and orphaned children in East Africa.

More information about the Forum is available on the website: http://www.energysecurityeastafrica.com

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