Khadija to be airlifted to Nairobi for treatment

The 16 year old girl from Mandera who was burnt  and locked up for months by her husband will be airlifted to Nairobi later on Wednesday for specialised treatment.

Khadija has remained admitted at the Mandera district hospital since last week on Friday after she was rescued by a relative.

The girl who was married off at the age of 15 was burnt following a disagreement about 4 months ago.

A Mandera court is also expected to rule on her husband’s bail application.

Sixteen year-old girl burnt severely by husband

A 16-year old girl was burnt burnt beyond recognition by her husband at Shimbir Fatume in Mandera South. Khadija who was forced into marriage in 2014 has been admitted at the Mandera General hospital with serious burns.

Her husband, Sharif Issack Abdulla beat her unconscious then burnt her using charcoal from a fire on January 7,2015.

Mandera Maendeleo Ya Wanawake chair Ubah Abdi said she was discovered after a source close to the family contacted one of the organisation’s officials.

Khadija’s chest and right hand are completely burnt off. Still traumatized, she couldn’t say a word to journalists and broke into tears.

Doctors said she urgently needs reconstructive surgery stating that the procedure will very expensive.

The hospital said it cannot airlift Khadija to Nairobi for further treatment as she is a minor and does not have the required documentation.

Mandera County Commisioner Alex Ole Nkoyo termed the ordeal as inhumane saying that the husband who has since disappeared will be brought to book.

Nkoyo added that the area Chief and his Assistant also be arrested as they failed to report the matter. He said they may have conspired with the family to hid the crime.

Grenade attack in Mandera leaves several wounded

Three people were critically injured on Thursday after a hand grenade was hurled at  a food kiosk in Mandera town.

Confirming the attack, Mandera county police commander Job Boronjo said the attackers are believed to be still hiding in the town as police officers on patrol around the scene saw no one running away.

“We have cordoned off  the area and we shall catch up with the attackers,” said Boronjo when contacted.

Boronjo said the three had been rushed to Mandera  County referral hospital for treatment.


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.


Mandera victims families receive 3 Million

Family members of the Mandera quarry attack that took place one week ago have been compensated by the county Government of Mandera.

The county through the council of governors offered 3 million shillings for all the family members of the 36 who died. The county also gave 3 million shillings to the other attack of 28 people in a bus that took place a few weeks ago.

The Mandera massacre happened after heavily armed gunmen made the victims line up shot them in the head while others were beheaded.

Isaac Rutto and Billow Kerrow holding the 3M dummy cheque

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.

I called my fiancee in Mandera 157 times

A 27-year old man is still trying to come to terms with the last message he got from his fiancee before she was killed by al shabaab militia in Mandera last Saturday.

Julius Idewa, 27, from Kocholia, Teso North sub county, Wednesday said he last spoke to Violet Moraa, 24, at 4am on Saturday. Moraa was among the 28 killed when the bandits raided a Nairobi-bound bus. She was one of the 21 teachers killed.

“Tumevamiwa niombee” (We have been attacked pray for me) was the last text message he got from Moraa. He tried calling her 157 times but the calls were not answered.

“It was until 11.30pm on Saturday that the phone went off. I never slept that night pondering what could have befallen my wife-to-be, Idewa said.”

Speaking after meeting Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in his office Wednesday, Idewa said the wedding he planned turned out to be a funeral.

Mandera residents flee to Military base

Hundreds of people have fled to a military airstrip in Kenya’s Mandera region amid fears that militants could launch a new assault.

Many of them are non-Muslim civil servants who are demanding that the government evacuate them from the region, a BBC reporter says.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab gunmen killed 28 people in a bus attack on Saturday.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta is under growing pressure to end attacks by the group.

Al-Shabab is based in neighbouring Somalia, but has stepped up attacks in Kenya since 2011, when Kenya sent troops across the border to help battle the militants.

The BBC’s Wanyama Chebusiri, in Nairobi, says the opposition and some ruling party MPs are calling for an overhaul of Kenya’s security agencies, including the dismissal of Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku and police chief David Kimaiyo.

Mr Ole Lenku has flown to the restive Mandera region in an attempt to allay the concerns of people, our reporter says.

There are no reports of a specific threat, but many people in Mandera are worried that al-Shabab could strike again, especially as the festive season approaches, he adds.

Six unions – including those representing doctors, teachers and civil servants – have advised members to leave until security forces can ensure their safety.

The call could affect more than 10,000 teachers and 16,500 civil servants in major towns such as Mandera, Wajir and Garissa

Source  BBC

Mandera execution survivor speaks out

AL Shabaab attackers tortured the victims of the Mandera massacre before killing them on Saturday morning, a survivor has said.

Nutritionist Douglas Ondari yesterday said: “I can only return to Mandera if Jesus Christ comes for a second time.”

He said on Saturday 30 terrorists got onto the bus and barked orders in English and Kiswahili.

Ondari, 27, said before the attackers started shooting, they stole his Sh42,000 and his wife’s handbag.

“We all hoped that the attackers would leave us after they stole our items only to hear them order the driver to head to Somalia.”

The attackers chose some men they considered energetic and told them to push the bus, but because it was so muddy and the bus could not move, they ordered them back to the bus, Ondari said.

“From there they singled out non-Muslims referring to us as crusaders and ordered us out of the bus. They tortured us, broke our hands and legs while some of us were stripped naked,” he said.

Ondari said the attackers paraded them in a straight line before ordering them to lie face down in the mud.

“With our faces in the mud, I heard them laugh while consulting each other whether to kill us or not. Mostly they talked about the closure of Mombasa mosques. All of a sudden, they started firing at us straight in the heads,” he said at Kenyatta National Hospital.

“There was a man who I knew as a police officer who was next to me on the right side, they shot him in the head and his brain and blood splashed over me. So I was soaked in his blood and they thought they had already shot me.”

Ondari lost his wife, Millicent, who was a teacher, in the attack.

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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.

Police shoot dead suspect and arrest 8 in Mandera clashes

Police on Tuesday morning shot dead one person and arrested eight others in Rhamu area of Mandera County where fierce inter-clan fighting continues to be reported.

This brings to two the official police figure on the number of deaths reported so far.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex Nkoyo said the slain man was found with an AK 47 rifle and ammunition believed to have been used in the fighting.

He was shot after resisting arrest at his home.

Police were conducting a raid on homesteads to flush out armed militia.

Meanwhile over 1000 people displaced by the fighting face an acute shortage of supplies and emergency medical assistance, after the Kenya red Cross suspended some of its humanitarian services.

The move by KRCS followed an attack on one of its ambulances which left the vehicle’s driver seriously injured.

Kenya Red Cross suspends ambulance services in Mandera following attack

Kenya Red Cross has suspended its emergency ambulance services in Mandera County after one of its units was attacked on Sunday.

Secretary General Abbas Gullet says the ambulance was responding to a distress call on Sunday night following inter clan fighting when it was ambushed by gunmen and the crew shot at.

One of two crew members on the ambulance sustained gunshot wounds to the legs. They were however saved by police. The ambulance has been left non-operational.

The vehicle was one of seven operated by KRCS and which have been responding to medical emergencies in Mandera which has been facing sporadic battles between two communities.

Fighting between the Degodia and Garre clans has been going on for months and escalated over the weekend with a number of deaths being reported.

At least one person killed in Mandera inter-clan fighting

At least one person was killed and dozens wounded in fresh inter-clan fighting in Rhamu district, Mandera North Constituency.

Mandera senator Billow Kerrow said the fighting started Friday night when armed men attacked the town and injured three people.

He added that the fighting continued for the better part of Saturday and Sunday leaving several wounded and others displaced.

Locals said there was a heavy gunfight between the two warring clans amid fears of high casualties.

Police reportedly stayed away as the fighting intensified with officers saying they were yet to access the affected areas to check on the casualties. It is feared that the number of deaths could rise.

The perennial conflicts between the Garre and Degodia clans of Mandera and Wajir counties has been attributed to political and historical border disputes.