The top Kenyan army officer staged a dramatic press conference in this port town on Monday, intending to strike fear in the hearts of Somali pirates that have waged an escalating war on shipping in African waters.
“Any attempt to commit any act of piracy within Kenya will be resisted very strongly,” Gen. Jeremiah Kianga, chief of the General Staff, told reporters at a Kenyan Air Force forward operating base adjacent to the Mombasa airport. “We want to send the message to would-be pirates that they risk being sunk.”
The general outlined ongoing operations by Kenyan military vessels and aircraft to deter piracy in national waters. “The armed forces are ready to confront the challenge of piracy,” Kianga said.
It was a powerful bit of posturing against a highly cinematic backdrop. As the general ended his comments, two fighter jets spun up their engines and roared down the runway, banking low over this port city of 700,000.
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