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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Laughing Somali gunmen taunted victims in university massacre

Piles of bodies and pools of blood running down the corridors: survivors of the Kenya university massacre described how laughing gunmen taunted their victims amid scenes of total carnage.

Salias Omosa, an 20-year-old education student, said the victims were woken up at gunpoint in Thursday’s pre-dawn attack, and Muslims and non-Muslims picked out by “how they were dressed”.

“‘We don’t fear death, this will be a good Easter holiday for us,’ the attackers were shouting in Swahili, then shooting their guns,” Omosa recounted, still trembling with terror and sitting in the refuge of a military camp.

Omosa managed to escape amid the carnage at Garissa University, after seeing two of his friends executed by the Al-Qaeda-linked attackers, who he said were wearing masks and military-style uniforms.

“I have seen many things, but nothing like that,” said Reuben Nyaora, a clinical officer working for the aid agency International Rescue Committee (IRC).

“There were bodies everywhere in execution lines, we saw people whose heads had been blown off, bullet wounds everywhere, it was a grisly mess,” Nyaora told AFP.

Nyaora had rushed with colleagues from his normal work with an IRC ambulance team in the giant Dadaab refugee camp, some 90 kilometres (50 miles) away.

He was one of first frontline medics to enter university halls, providing first aid to both survivors and troops wounded in the heavy fighting.

“We were giving first aid during the fighting – and there were soldiers being shot right in front of us, as well as the casualties among the hostages,” the 32-year old Kenyan told AFP, his voice trembling.

“Then when we went into the halls, it was too horrible, too awful to imagine, and yet we saw it,” he said.

“Everyone seemed dead, but then as we talked, some students who had been hidden for hours came out – some from wardrobes, others from the ceiling, and then others who had lain down with the dead, covered in blood, hidden among their friends who had been killed.”

– Making women ‘swim in blood’ –

He 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.

“The ladies said the gunmen had screamed out in Swahili as they shot the men: ‘We have come to be kill and be killed,'” Nyaora said.

“Then they told the women to ‘swim in the blood'”, as though they were making fun of them, playing games and apparently enjoying the killing, he said, before moving on after apparently forgetting to shoot them too.

Amuna Geoffreys, a second year teaching student, was at a Christian prayer meeting when the shooting began, running to hide in a bush. But he could hear the chilling threats of the gunmen talking to colleagues just inside through a window.

As Geoffreys lay in terrified silence, the gunmen inside made his friends call their parents, to blame their imminent deaths on President Uhuru Kenyatta for having Kenyan troops in Somalia fighting the Shebab.

“The killers demanded people to call home and then say: We are dying, because Uhuru has remained defiant to stay in Somalia'”, he said.

“After they called their parents, there were shots, and then silence,” he said.

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Update: 147 Confirmed Dead in Garissa University Terrorist Attack

147 people have been confirmed dead in the Garissa terrorist attack. In a report released by the Kenya National Disaster Operation the 147 fatalities have been confirmed.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery confirmed the number of casualties saying that the terrorist siege had come to an end. He said that the four gunmen involved in the attack had also been killed.

The attack is the deadliest since the 1998 United States Embassy bombing in Nairobi.

Gunmen attack Varsity in Garissa town

Gunmen have stormed into a university in Garissa Town.

Gunshots and explosions are being heard from the compound.

Witnesses say the gunmen stormed in at  5am as most students were going  for morning prayers.

Those calling from inside the university say there are many casualties.

Police, the military and the Kenya Defence Forces on the ground to help the hostages and get the attackers.

It is however unclear what the motive of the attack is and who is responsible for it.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet have flown to Garissa to help in coordinating the operation of rescuing those trapped in the college by gunmen.

Officials said the officials had been ordered to go there to help in containing the situation. By 9 am, two people had been confirmed dead and 32 wounded.

Boinnet confirmed the attack and said efforts to restore the situation were ongoing.

Gunmen shoot at a Lamu bound bus, police pursuing attackers

A Lamu bound bus was Saturday evening waylaid and shot at by suspected Al shabaab militia at Lango La Simba area in Nyongoro/Witu division in Lamu.

In the 3pm incident, witnesses say about four men stopped and shot at the Tawakal bus forcing it to stop.

The bus was heading to Lamu from Mombasa with 50 passengers before the incident.

According to Gerald Mwangi who was one of the passengers, the four men sprayed bullets at the tyres forcing the driver to stop.

“When we were passing through Lango La Simba area I noticed four men emerge from the bushes from the side I was seated. They had very long guns. I then saw them aim and start shooting at the bus tyres and windows. We all lay down on our seats,” said Mwangi.

“When the bus stopped, they entered the bus and started scrutinizing each of us without uttering anything. After about seven minutes, they told us in Kiswahili that it was not their wish that they had waylaid us(sio kupenda kwetu tuwasimamishe). They then walked out of the bus and headed back into the bushes where they had emerged from,” he said.

“Their faces were covered and they spoke very poor Kiswahili which had a heavy Somali accent. We thank God they didn’t harm us but we can’t help but wonder what their real intention was,” said Mwangi.

Speaking to The Star Newspaper  on phone, Lamu county commander Ephantus Kiura confirmed the attack.

“I can confirm that a bus belonging to the Tawakal Bus Company was attacked at Lango La Simba in Witu division at around 3pm by four people we highly suspect to be militiamen. There are no casualties and all the passengers are fine. We think this was a trial terror attempt since no one was injured. They just shot at the bus to make it stop, and then they inspected the passengers and walked away,” said Kiura.

Kiura said a combined team of security officer was currently combing Lango La Simba area and neighboring areas in the hunt for the terror suspects.

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.

Daylight gun drama in Umoja as gunmen shoot dead two men

Unknown gunmen shot dead two civilians and seriously injured two others in a daring afternoon attack on Mayanja road in Umoja estate on Saturday afternoon.

The attack left residents in shock. The injured were rushed to Mama Lucy hospital in critical condition.

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The gunmen escaped without stealing anything from the car. Eyewitness said the gunmen sprayed bullets into the vehicle, a Black SUV, killing the two on the spot.

Police at the scene refused to speak to the media after a gag order was issued by IG David Kimaiyo earlier this week.

Sources however say the slain men included a land buyer, Peter Mutua and a mechanic only identified as Ochieng.

Police were forced to shoot in the air to disperse curious onlookers.

The car was removed to Buru Buru police station with the dead still inside.