March 1, 2015

NIS now warns Al-Shabaab plans attacks on Times Tower and Nyayo House in city centre

MICHAEL-GICHANGI

A report leaked by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) indicate that Al-Shabaab operatives have planned an attack on Times Tower and Nyayo House buildings on an unspecified date. The intelligence report says that the attackers intend to use fire engines loaded with explosives. And further to earlier reports on the attack of Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) headquarters and Mombasa Central Police Station, the NIS says that the plan is at an advanced stage and that a security check on the targets shows that no extra measures have been instituted to beef up security. “The ATPU headquarters remains especially vulnerable because the perimeter…

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Rachel Shebesh fights with Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko

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Beleaguered Nairobi Women Representative Rachel Shebesh was last Thursday night involved in a physical fight at a Nairobi hotel, that has left her nursing an arm injury. According to multiple reliable sources, Shebesh checked in at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upper Hill District accompanied by Nairobi County Senator Gidion Mbuvi shortly past 10pm. A senior manager at the hotel told the Star yesterday that they booked the prestigious business suite on 5th floor for a meeting while being served drinks, where the duo are frequent patrons. A few hours later, a shouting match ensued between the two long after…

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Forgive me for the Westgate atrocity

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By SUNNY BINDRA For once, I don’t know what to write in this column. I’m not normally at a loss for words, but last week’s Westgate atrocity confounds analysis. That we can come to this leaves me wondering what more needs to be written or said. So heavily armed people can walk into a shopping mall and start tossing grenades indiscriminately at anyone and everyone around them. So someone can stroll into a tent where a children’s cookery competition is being held, point his gun at the kids and their mothers, and press the trigger. So it matters little that these…

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Video: Brave mother; Faith Wambua narrates four hour ordeal at westgate

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There was a photo that captured one of the most gut wrenching moments of the Westgate mall ordeal. The photo shows a mother playing dead with her two children as the attackers descended on the mall. A video footage also surfaced of a dramatic rescue of the mother and her two children. The woman had hidden in mall while holding her children down. The footage shows a police officer trying to rescue the woman who seems pretty reluctant at first. It is not until onlookers who included other police officers started yelling for her to get up and leave with…

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Photos and Video: Kenyans in Dallas hold vigil to honor Westgate victims

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Kenyans in Dallas on Friday night honored victims of last weekend’s  Westgate Mall siege. Scores of Kenyans turned up outside a Kenyan restaurant Afrika Fusion to remember those who had fallen in the terrorist attack which claimed 69 people according to the Kenyan government. An organized contingent of gunmen stormed the Westgate Mall on Saturday, shooting down some and taking others hostage. The Somalian al-Shabab militia, which is linked to al-Qaida, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Speaker after speaker, they all commended Kenyans for standing united in the face of attacks and asked Kenyans to continue praying for the…

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Kenya slams travel advisory by US in wake of Westgate attack

Amina Mohammed

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The Government of Kenya has expressed dismay over a renewed travel advisory issued by the United States of America, following the September 21 terror attack. The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry described it as unfair and asked America to reverse the advisory, moments after the US State of Department issued the caution. “We have noted, with grave concern, the 27 September 2013 re-issuing by the US government of the 5 July 2013 travel advisory to Kenya. We wish to unequivocally condemn the re-issuing of the travel advisory, and reject it as unnecessary and uncalled…

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Leaked NIS document details terrorist plots of an attack in Nairobi between Sept 13th and 21st

MICHAEL-GICHANGI

An unprecedented leak of Intelligence briefings covering the past year paint the picture of a government fully informed of an impending Al Shabaab attack ahead of the Westgate massacre. The leak, coming days before the National Intelligence Service ( NIS) Director General Michael Gichangi is grilled by MPs on Monday, appears to draw a line in the sand as accusations are traded over the responsibility for the attack in which at least 67 were killed. The 8,800-word dossier details terrorist plots and other activities by the militant group, including a direct warning of a terror plot in Nairobi between September 13 and 21. This…

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Horrific details of torture the mall attackers metted on Westgate victims

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Soldiers told of the horrific torture meted out by terrorists in the Nairobi mall massacre yesterday with claims hostages were dismembered, had their eyes gouged out and were left hanging from hooks in the ceiling. Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed with pliers before being blinded and hanged. Children were found dead in the food court fridges with knives still embedded in their bodies, it was claimed. Most of the defeated terrorists, meanwhile, were reportedly discovered ‘burnt to ashes’, set alight by the last extremist standing to try to protect their identities. The horrifying details…

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Suspected leader of Kenya mall attack formerly with Kenya’s special forces

Kenya Mall Attack

Multiple sources from within Somalia have told Channel 4 News the identity of the man who led the group behind the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre. According to sources connected to al-Shabaab, his Jihadi fighting name is Omar or Umayr. Omar, who is believed to have been killed in this week’s siege, was a Kenyan national, born to a Christian family from Nairobi. He converted to Islam and was also a former member of Kenya’s special forces. Umayr is understood to have left Kenya for Somalia in 2005, where he joined the Kamboni militant Islamist group. Kamboni later joined…

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Kenya military caused Westgate Mall collapse, official says

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NAIROBI, Kenya A top-ranking government official tells The Associated Press that Kenya’s military caused the massive collapse of three floors during the terrorist siege on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall. (View photos of the wreckage here)   When asked Friday if military action against the hostage takers caused the collapse, the official answered: “Yes.”   The official also confirmed that Kenyan troops fired rocket-propelled grenades inside the mall, but would not say what was used to cause the collapse. The official insisted on anonymity because he was sharing sensitive intelligence information that has not been publicly released.   The top official’s confirmation…

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