Not Again! Four Police Officers Killed While Two Go Missing After Their Car Runs Over An Explosive Device In Lamu

Five people, four of them police officers, were killed when their armoured police car ran over an IED in Baure area, Lamu, on Wednesday morning.

It is believed the device was planted by al Shabaab militants.

The officers were of the Mangai Rapid Border Patrol Unit in Lamu East while the fifth victim was a civilian.

Seven officers from the unit were on their way to Motown town in Lamu West to refuel the vehicle when the incident occurred at about 9 am.

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KDF officers from Baure camp were attacked by suspected al-Shabaab fighters while rushing to the scene to help.

They repulsed them and reported to the scene where they found the five bodies. The other two officers may have been abducted by the militants as they could not be found.

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Operation Linda Boni director James Seriani and county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri did not answer calls for comment on the attack.













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Al Shabab Planning Fresh Attacks In These Public Areas

In a report signed by Central Police Station OCPD Paul Wanjama, Parliament Buildings, Muthurwa market, Nairobi Pentecostal Church and the University of Nairobi are allegedly among the al Shabaab’s major targets.

Other targets for the group’s “high scale attacks” are Holy Family Basilica and St Andrews PCEA Church, according to the situation report signed on April 23.

The terror group has dispatched spies from its elite intelligence unit to launch the attacks, said the report received by Parliament Police Station.

“The group intends to use an operative who is affiliated to Pumwani Riyadh Mosque and who is also a staff member at the Senate to actualise the attack,” it said regarding the Parliament Buildings.

The report said it is believed that the al Shabaab’s intention is to plant a bomb within the premises. Parliament Police Station OCS Samson Chelugo asked the CID to arrest and question the suspect.

Wanjama asked security agencies to enhance pre-emptive measures by gathering intelligence on operatives, and all named targets to tighten security.

The suspect, Ali Abdulmajid was arrested in relation to the report on Sunday night and taken to Kilimani Police Station. He has been the vice-chairman of the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque since 2009.

Mandera chief abducted by armed men killed

A Mandera chief who was kidnapped early Thursday morning by heavily armed men has been killed. Arabia chief Muktar Maalim was travelling on a matatu to Mandera town when he was abducted.

A source said that elders from the chief’s clan followed the trail of his abductors and managed to find him at a border town. They pleaded with the assailants to release Maalim. The source who sought anonymity said the assailants tied Maalim to a tree and shot him in front of the clan elders and directed them to take his body.

Unconfirmed reports are that the chief was killed after the clan elders failed to raise a ransom of Sh4 million the suspected al Shabaab gunmen asked for. Efforts to reach Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo for confirmation were unsuccessful.

Maalim was abducted at a spot which is about five minutes from the Kenya-Somalia borders. Other passengers in the bus he was travelling in were unharmed.

One of the passengers told the Star Newspapr on the phone that the armed men ambushed the vehicle at a junction. “They started firing at us on the first roadblock. The passengers asked the driver to stop the matatu,” he said. The passengers were then separated into three groups of men, women and government officials. The passenger said the attackers checked IDs and job cards of the officials and singled out Maalim.

He said the assailants said they were only interested in government officials. Assistant chief Abdinoor Dakane, who was travelling in another vehicle, jumped out after the assailants started firing and ran away. The abduction took place 10km from the site of last year’s November 22 Mandera bus massacre in which 28 people were killed.

The driver of the matatu said the abductors spoke fluent English and Kiswahili. Mandera county commissioner Alex ole Nkoyo, who convened a meeting to address the issue, said no group has claimed responsibility. This killing comes days after Northeastern politicians toured the area to address insecurity following the killing of 147 people in the April 2 Garissa University College massacre.


Kenya freezes bank accounts with suspected terrorism links

Kenya has suspended a series of bank accounts suspected to be connected to financing terrorism, days after the university massacre of almost 150 people by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab, the treasury said.

“Actions taken are consistent with the international law on financing terrorism…. we produced a list of persons and entities who may have been involved in facilitating terrorism activities,” said top treasury official Kamau Thugge.

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Five Kenyans, one Tanzanian held over university massacre: court

A Nairobi court on Tuesday ordered five Kenyans and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while police investigate possible connections to last week’s university massacre.

The court agreed to state lawyers’ request for the extended detention period, which usually would last 24 hours before the detainee has to be presented in court. The Tanzanian suspect is still being held in the northeastern town of Garissa, where the massacre of 148 people took place.

The day-long siege was claimed by Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab insurgents, and was Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi.

Lawyers for the police said the five Kenyans were being investigated for supplying weapons to the attackers who carried out the killings on Thursday, without giving further details.

One of men was arrested on the university campus where he was a security guard. The others were arrested while trying to cross the border to Somalia.

The Tanzanian man was found “hiding in the ceiling” of the university campus holding grenades, interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka has said.

Police are studying phone records of the men believing it shows they were in contact with the four gunmen who carried out the attack and were killed by Kenyan troops.

Authorities on Sunday named one of the four gunmen killed as a fellow Kenyan citizen, highlighting the Shebab’s ability to recruit within the country.

Abdirahim Abdullahi, an ethnic Somali, was a university law graduate described by those who knew him as an A-grade student and “a brilliant upcoming lawyer”, Njoka said.

Although losing ground in Somalia, the Shebab have stepped up attacks inside Kenya as well as its recruitment of Muslim youth in the country’s northeastern and coastal regions.

A $215,000 (200,000 euro) bounty has been offered for alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud, a former Kenyan teacher believed to now be in Somalia and said to be the mastermind behind the Garissa attack.

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Kenyans hold march for national security after massacre

Kenyans prepared to march for greater national security Tuesday following last week’s massacre by Somalia’s Shebab Islamists, ahead of a candlelit vigil on the final day of mourning for the 148 people killed by the militants.

Kenyan fighter jets pounded camps belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in southern Somalia on Monday, but anger has been growing over allegations that critical intelligence warnings were missed.

Special forces units took seven hours to reach the university in Garissa last Thursday, some 365 kilometres (225 miles) from the capital, as Shebab gunmen stormed dormitory buildings before lining up non-Muslim students for execution in what President Uhuru Kenyatta described as a “barbaric medieval slaughter”.

The massacre, Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, claimed the lives of 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers.

Tuesday’s demonstration was due to begin at 10:00 am (0700 GMT) in Nairobi as security forces continued their hunt for those behind the university killings, with the vigil planned for later in the afternoon on the third and final day of national mourning.

The army said Monday’s airstrikes destroyed two Islamist bases, and followed a promise by Kenyatta that he would retaliate “in the severest way possible” against the Shebab militants for their attack last Thursday.

“We bombed two Shebab camps in the Gedo region,” Kenyan army spokesman David Obonyo told AFP, without giving details about any possible casualties in the lawless Somali area bordering Kenya.

– Battle against Shebab –

Kenyan airplanes have made repeated strikes in southern Somalia since sending troops into their war-torn neighbour in 2011 to attack Shebab bases, with Nairobi later joining the African Union force fighting the Islamists.

“The bombings are part of the continued process and engagement against Al-Shebab, which will go on,” Obonyo added.

The Shebab fled their power base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu in 2011, and continue to battle the AU force, AMISOM, sent to drive them out. It includes troops from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

The Shebab group has carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring countries, notably Kenya and Uganda, in response to their participation in the AU force.

On Saturday, Shebab warned of “another bloodbath” unless Kenya withdraws its troops from Somalia, and threatened a “long, gruesome war”.

Shebab fighters also carried out the Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi in September 2013, a four-day siege which left at least 67 people dead.

Five men have been arrested in connection with the university attack, including three alleged “coordinators” captured as they fled towards Somalia, and two others seized in the university compound.

The two arrested on campus included a security guard and a Tanzanian found “hiding in the ceiling” and holding grenades, the interior ministry said.

A $215,000 (200,000 euro) bounty has also been offered for alleged Shebab commander Mohamed Mohamud, a former Kenyan teacher said to be the mastermind behind the attack and believed to now be in Somalia.

– Abattoir-like stench –

Authorities on Sunday named one of the four gunmen killed as a fellow Kenyan, highlighting the Shebab’s ability to recruit within the country.

Interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said high-flying Abdirahim Abdullahi, an ethnic Somali, was a university law graduate described by those who knew him as an A-grade student and “a brilliant upcoming lawyer”.

The spokesman said Abdullahi’s father, a local official in the northeastern county of Mandera, had “reported to the authorities that his son had gone missing and suspected the boy had gone to Somalia”.

Forensic investigators aided by foreign experts have continued to scour the site, where an AFP reporter on Monday was among the first journalists to enter since the attack, describing bullet-scarred buildings, blood stains on the floors, and an abattoir-like stench across the campus.

Although Kenyatta has vowed to retaliate for the massacre, there have also been calls for national unity.

In an address to the nation on Saturday, Kenyatta said people’s “justified anger” should not lead to “the victimisation of anyone” — a clear reference to Kenya’s large Muslim and Somali minorities in a country where 80 percent of the population is Christian.

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Stench of death permeates Kenya massacre university’s halls

Scattered books and dark blood stains on the floor: the bodies have been collected but an abbatoir-like stench permeates the Kenyan university where Islamist gunmen massacred 148 people last week.

In the now quiet grounds, police and soldiers stand under the shade of trees, where students once sat studying or chatting with friends.

Papers and pens lie in the dust, apparently dropped by students as they fled when gunmen from Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab launched their killing spree, hurling grenades and firing automatic rifles.

The massacre in Garissa, Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, claimed the lives of 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers.

On Monday, four days since the day-long violence spree, journalists were briefly allowed for the first time into the campus.

The bullet-scarred buildings remained closed, but peering through the doors and windows, a sense of the carnage and the fury of the violence was clear.

At the three-storey Elgon A hostel, where the worst killings took place, shards of glass from the doors smashed by bullets cover the entrance.

Inside, where the gunmen gathered students together before carrying out their day of slaughter, dark stains of blood cover the floors, showing the magnitude of the massacre.

– Scraps of flesh –

Reuben Nyaora, a clinical officer working for the aid agency International Rescue Committee (IRC), and one of the first frontline medics into the halls, described seeing “bodies everywhere in execution lines… people whose heads had been blown off, bullet wounds everywhere, it was a grisly mess.”

Now the rooms are empty, but in places the blood is smeared in long lines, suggesting where a wounded student crawled away in agony in a desperate effort to escape.

Belongings of the students still lie around: a single shoe, a pair of sandals, torn and bloody clothes, some books.

Survivors described scenes of total carnage: piles of bodies and pools of blood running down the corridors as laughing gunmen taunted their victims.

Nyaora described how he witnessed three women apparently dead, covered head to toe entirely in blood but in fact physically unharmed, pick themselves up from a pile of corpses.

They told him how gunmen ordered them to “swim in the blood”, as though they were making fun of them, playing games and apparently enjoying the killing.

Local government commissioner Njega Miir, who stopped journalists taking photographs from inside the halls as a mark of respect to the dead, said buildings would remain locked, and the property of the students left sent on to survivors.

“We have secured all doors to all buildings in the college to ensure that, items left behind by the students remain safe, and delivered to their respective owners,” he said.

The university has been ordered to close permanently.

Around the compound, evidence remains of the desperation the students felt, as those that could fled the killing.

Snagged on the barbed wire fence around the campus are scraps of flesh, hair and small rags of cloth – ripped off the students as they escaped.

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KDF jets bombs two al Shabaab bases in Somalia after Garissa attack

The Kenyan air force bombed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia on Sunday, in the first major military response to last week’s attack by the militant group on a Kenyan university.

Kenya Defence Forces spokesman David Obonyo confirmed the attacks but did not give more details.

A military source told Reuters that jets pounded the camps in Gondodowe and Ismail, both in the Gedo region bordering Kenya.

Cloud cover made it difficult to establish how much damage the bombings caused or estimate the death toll.

“We targeted the two areas because according to information we have, those (al Shabaab) fellows are coming from there to attack Kenya,” he said, in reference to Thursday’s massacre at Garissa University College, some 200km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

Sh20 million bounty placed on al Shabaab terrorist linked to Garissa attack

Kenyan security agencies have offered a Sh20 million reward for information on an al Shabaab terror suspect allegedly behind the Garissa University attack.

The authorities circulated a picture of Mohamed Mohamud aka Dulyadin aka Gamadheere on suspicion that he masterminded the attack.

They are seeking information that may lead to his arrest. “Seen this man? Report to the security agencies through the numbers provided: NPS hotline 020 2199151, APS HQ hotline 0702 432877,” the Interior ministry said in a Twitter post of Mohamud’s picture.

Mohamud, who is from Garissa, is the al Shabaab’s Jabha leader for Juba region, Somalia, currently in charge of external operations against Kenya. It is not clear if he has been to Kenya of late, but this is the second time a bounty has been placed on his head.

Last December, a Sh2 million offer was issued for him and another suspect, Ahmed Iman, who is from Majengo, Nairobi.The two are allegedly responsible for several terror attacks in the country.

At least 14 people were killed and scores wounded when gunmen raided the university at about 5.30am on Thursday. Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery said 280 out of 815 students have been accounted for, as reported by the National Disaster Operation Centre.

NDOC did not say how many are still trapped in the campus where attackers are holding hostages and battling security agencies. The al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack as security agencies sealed off the campus in efforts to flash them out.

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, its military operations spokesman, said it was holding many Christian hostages inside. “We sorted people out and released the Muslims,” he told Reuters. “Fighting still goes on inside the college.”


Six dead in Kenya as troops battle Somali gunmen: army

One Kenyan soldier and five suspected Islamists insurgents loyal to Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab fighters were killed in a battle in Kenya’s coastal Lamu district on Wednesday, the army said.

Kenyan troops, part of the UN-backed African Union force in Somalia fighting the Islamists, were travelling northwards close to the Somali border when they were attacked.

“A firefight ensued and five suspected Al-Shebab militants were killed,” army spokesman David Obonyo said in a statement, adding that one Kenyan soldier was killed and three others wounded.

“Some militants escaped with multiple injuries, and immediately an operation was launched in pursuit.”

Kenyan troops entered southern Somalia in 2011 to fight the Shebab rebels, later joining the AU force.

The Shebab are fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government, but have also carried out a string of revenge attacks in neighbouring Kenya.

Kenya’s government has been under fire since Shebab gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in September 2013, in which at least 67 people were killed.

In December the Shebab executed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers in a Kenyan border town, following an attack in November when they killed 28 passengers on board a bus.

Wedmesday’s attack took place on the mainland in Lamu country near Basuba, over 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Lamu island, a UNESCO World Heritage site dependent on tourism for its economy, that has been badly hit with visitors scared off by a string of attacks.

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These are the wanted Al shabab leaders who target Kenya

The police have unmasked two al Shabaab terror commanders linked to the spate of attacks in Kenya and appealed for information on their whereabouts.

Terrorists Mohammed Kuno and Mohammed Iman have been linked to the strings of attacks in northern Kenya, including the recent Mandera killings of quarry workers.

At least 64 people have been killed in terror attacks by the militia group this year.

Police said Kuno, also known as Dulyadinaka Gamadheereis, who is suspected to be hiding in Kenya, is al Shabaab’s Jabha (military) leader for the Juba region of Somalia.

The militants have established a Jabha Unit in every region of Somalia.

He is also infamous for having an extensive terrorist network within Kenya, particularly in the Dadaab refugee camp.

Kuno claimed responsibility for the November 22, 2014, Makka Bus attack in Mandera, where 28 people were killed.

Police said the man has been mistaken to be very religious and has worked as a Madrassa teacher for several years.


Suspected Al shabaab kill 36 in fresh Mandera attacks

At least 36 quarry workers were Tuesday morning killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in an attack in Koromei area, Mandera County.

The workers were ambushed as at the site as they slept by gunmen believed to be the militants and killed by shooting.

Others were decapitated by the attackers. Other reports say the attackers kidnapped some of the workers. All the victims are non-Muslims.

Those who were Muslims were separated from Christians. Police confirmed the deaths and added they were yet to know the motive. The attack came hours after another group launched an attack on a club in Wajir that left one person dead and 13 wounded.

Last week, 28 people, mostly teachers were shot dead after the militants hijacked their bus in Mandera County.

We will hunt Mandera killers even if it means going to Somalia-Ruto

The Government has mobilized all security agencies to hunt down those behind the killing of 28 people in Mandera County Saturday, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Ruto said security agencies including security intelligence officers and police among other security arms of the Government have been ordered to hunt down all those responsible for the killings.

“Security personnel are now on a hot pursuit of those criminals responsible for the killing of innocent people in a Mandera bound bus today. They must all bring all the culprits to book irrespective of where they are even if they have fled to the neighbouring Somalia,” said Ruto

He was speaking during a funds-drive in aid of Barwesa secondary school in Baringo County on Saturday.


Al Shabaab Islamists claim responsibility for deadly Kenya bus attack

Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamists on Saturday claimed responsibility for a deadly bus attack in neighbouring Kenya in which gunmen slaughtered 28 non-Muslim passengers.

A spokesman for the Islamists said the attack was in revenge for raids that Kenyan security forces carried out over the past week on mosques in the port city of Mombasa.

Gunmen kill 28 in Mandera

Gunmen seized a bus in northeastern Kenya near the Somali border early Saturday and executed 28 non-Muslim passengers, police said, blaming the attack on Shebab Islamic extremists.

“I can confirm …. that 28 innocent travellers were brutally executed by the Shebab,” said regional police chief Noah Mwavinda, referring to the Somali militant group.

He said the gunmen forced the bus to stop and drove it to the side of the road, where they proceeded to kill passengers identified as non-Muslim.

Police arrest 10 Al Shabaab members, including two female suicide bombers

Ten suspected Al Shabaab terrorists, including two female suicide bombers, who were planning attacks in the country have been arrested, police has said.

“These 10 suspects were involved in recent terror attacks in Nairobi before they fled to Somalia, and now they have sneaked back,” police spokeswoman Zipporah Mboroki told reporters.

She said that the suspects were arrested while entering the country from Somalia in October. She said more details of the arrest will be provided at a later date.

Landlords have been urged to be on the look out for any suspicious people within their buildings.


Wanted terrorist ‘White Widow’ shot dead – reports

British female terrorist Samantha Lethwaite, dubbed the White Widow has reportedly been shot dead in Ukraine.

On Wednesday, several international news outlets said unverified reports from the Moscow news agency Regnum were that Lethwaite 30 was gunned down by a Russian sniper two weeks ago during the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Lethwaite had been linked to the Westgate mall attack in September 2013 in which over 60 Kenyans lost their lives. She is believed to have converted to Islam in her teens and married Jermaine Lindsay in 2002. They had two children, the second of whom was born a month after Lindsay killed 26 people with a suicide bomb at King’s Cross in July 2005.

She gave birth to a third child in August 2009 and relatives said she moved away from her home in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, afterwards.

One family source said she had gone to live in the north of England before moving abroad. In 2012, it was reported that the CIA and Kenya’s anti-terrorism unit had been working closely to hunt down the deadly white widow.

Recruitment to al-shabab and MRC in Kenya

The reasons why young Kenyans join the Somali militant group Al Shabab are not the same as those they give for joining secessionist group MRC.

According to the authoritative Institute for Security Studies(ISS) led by Dr Anneli Botha very little research has been done to determine how and why individuals join al-shabab and MRC.

The Institute did an academic research in conjunction with Kenyan Muslim Alliance where they interviewed with 95 people associated with Al Shabab, 45 associated with MRC, and relatives of people associated with the organisation.

The research shows that there are very clear differences as to why people join the two groups. Al-Shabab pushes an Islamic agenda with MRC seeking secession hence the two differ despite being heaped in one.

Which means that people join MRC because of ethnic and economic factors while in Al-Shabab the core is radical Islam. The two however have a common enemy which is the Kenyan government.

It also found that the assassination of Muslim leaders has radicalized and served to recruit dozens, if not hundreds, of people into extremist organisations. The research also discovered that the most important factor that made people join Al-Shabab according to 65% of respondents was the government’s strategy in countering terrorism.

The findings also show that Muslims in Kenya feel discriminated against. Economics also played a huge role in why people joined and nearly 96% Al-Shabab and 87% MRC said they had high levels of frustrations when they joined the organisations illustrating the role emotions play in the radicalization process.

More than half of this respondents joined Al-Shabab and MRC between the ages of 10 and 24.