Netanyahu denies reports of assassination attempt in Kenya
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday denied reports of an attempt on his life in Kenya during his African tour this week, saying he knew “nothing” of it.
Netanyahu said he was learning about the reports of an assassination attempt for the first time during a press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Addis Ababa.
“The answer is we know nothing about it because there is nothing in it,” Netanyahu said.
He made the remarks in response to a reporter’s question.
Kenia’s security forces allegedly foiled an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by attacking his convoy during his visit to the state as part of a five-day trip to Africa, the Kuwaiti daily newspaper al-Jarida reported Thursday.
An anonymous source told the newspaper that on Tuesday, shortly before the Prime Minister left the local airport on his way to his hotel in Nairobi, the Kenyan authorities informed Netanyahu’s security guards that the convoy must change its route.
The surprising alert, according to the source, aroused arguments between Netanyahu’s security guards and the Kenyan security forces.
“At the beginning, the Israelis decried the security arrangements in Kenya. However, after the convoy changed its course and arrived in a safe hotel, it was discovered that Kenyan intelligence exposed a plan to attack vehicles in the original course. Thus, the decision to change the course saved the Israeli delegation,” the source told the newspaper.
Following the alleged incident, Kenya’s security forces arrested two people suspected of planning an attack against Netanyahu’s convoy.
According to the source, due to the warning, additional alterations were introduced into the prime minister’s schedule in Kenya.
Netanyahu’s spokesman, Boaz Stempler, said that it was “utter nonsense.”