Gang Raids Catherine Ndereba’s Nairobi Home

A gang raided the Nairobi home of two-time world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba and robbed her off household valuables and money.

Speaking about the incident, police spokeswoman Gatiria Mboroki said that Catherine was at home at the time of the raid with her family but they were not wounded in the Monday night incident.

Efforts to trace the attackers who escaped on foot proved futile as it was raining heavily. It is unclear how the robbers broke into the heavily fenced home.

According to the police, the thugs escaped with Catherine’s Kenya prisons uniform where she still serves as a warden.

Catherine Ndereba has won the marathon at the world championships twice,won two silver medals at the olmpics and she is also a four-time Boston marathon winner.

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 raid another Mosque in Mombasa

Police staged a raid on a third mosque in Mombasa Tuesday night and recovered crude weapons, petrol bombs, a hand grenade, 6 bullets and a flag.
There was no arrest was however made in the raid at the Swafaa Mosque. Police said they had intelligence there were youths holed up there before they raided the mosque that is in Kisauni.
Witnesses said the youths who were present managed to sneak out of the mosque as the officers arrived.
The raid came hours after interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said some of the youths arrested from the Sakina and Musa mosques in Mombasa in a police operation were planning to take over other mosques in the region.

Police raid mosques in Mombasa

One man has been killed and more than 200 people arrested during raids on two mosques in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, which police accused of having links with Somalia’s al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabaab fighters.

Kenya has been trying to break up fighter networks it blames for a series of attacks on the coast, saying many recruits were inspired by al-Shabab.

Security forces began the operation in the early hours of Monday morning, targeting the Musa and Sakina mosques in the port city.

A 20-year-old man was shot dead by police during the raid on the Musa mosque, after he tried to throw a grenade at officers, Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek said.

The Reuters news agency, quoting police officials, put the number of arrests at 251.

Mayek said that eight grenades, a pistol, six bullets, machetes, daggers and literature on warfare were found at the two mosques.

Police also said they had seized mobiles and laptops, alongside literature and videos that they said referred to former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Kenyan preachers accused of promoting violence.

“These mosques have been notorious for radicalising our youth and recruiting them into al-Shabab,” Nelson Marwa, the commissioner responsible for administering Mombasa County, told Reuters.

Civil rights group condemned the raids, saying the security agents were targeting Muslims unfairly, deepening distrust in a Muslim community that already accuses the government in mainly Christian Kenya of sidelining them.

“The police have again defiled the mosques and turned them into camps of violence and have arrested many innocent people and even killed one unfairly,” Hussein Khalid, director of Haki Africa, a local rights group, told Reuters.

Businesses in the Majengo area where the mosques are situated were closed as heavily armed police patrolled the neighbourhood on trucks. Past raids have sparked protests.

Source :Reuters


Bin Laden ‘died afraid’, ex-navy seal says

The former Navy SEAL who claims to have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden says the al Qaeda leader “died afraid”.

Robert O’Neill said he had used details of the Saudi militant’s death to bring closure to the relatives of 9/11 victims.

“One thing I tell them is, ‘All right, Osama bin Laden died like a p***y,” said the retired special forces operative in an audio interview with a freelance journalist, aired by CNN.

“That’s all I’m telling you. Just so you know. He died afraid. And he knew that we were there to kill him.”

He added: “You can quote me on this bull****.”

The 38-year-old told the Washington Post this week that he fired two rounds into the forehead of the al Qaeda leader during the 2011 raid on his secret compound in Pakistan.

The Montana native also said shots were fired by two other SEAL team members, including Matt Bissonnette, who described the raid in his book No Easy Day.

Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that Mr O’Neill has taken credit publicly for the killing.

But he says he doesn’t care if people don’t believe him.


West pokot senator denies role in Kapedo raid

West Pokot Senator John Lonyangapuo has denied involvement in the West Pokot-Turkana Kapedo border conflict.

In a statement in the Senate yesterday, he said he played no role in the attacks that resulted in the killing of 24 police officers last Saturday.

Lonyangapuo said the conflict has no connection with the scramble for oil and mineral deposits on the common border.

“I am making this statement because there have been allegations by some leaders linking me to the said conflict. .. I would therefore like to set the record straight by refuting these allegations very strongly,” he said.

“I have been accused of perpetuating lawlessness in a camouflage for scramble for minerals and oil in Turkana County. This cannot be further from the truth. Indeed, the oil and minerals issue has nothing to do with the current conflict. The allegations are baseless and far from the truth. I also strongly condemn any act of banditry in the said counties or elsewhere,” he said.

Last week there were fresh attacks in the volatile region with politicians from the two counties blaming each other.

Lonyangapuo said the latest attacks were sparked off when a man from the Pokot community was beheaded at Kapedo shopping centre on August 30.

He said locals sought the help of the security to retrieve the head but they did not get help.

Lonyangapuo said he is committed to finding the root cause of the killings.

He called on the government to investigate the cause of the conflict.

Source: The Star