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Kenyan official says security situation under control after hotel attack

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:10 AM

Military in Nairobi, Kenya | Reuters

The Kenyan government said Tuesday the security situation in the country is under control after an unknown number of terrorists attacked an upmarket hotel and office complex in the capital of Nairobi, and killed at least six people.

Security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the buildings after a nine-hour operation, according to Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of the National Government.

He said Tuesday evening that the government was in the final stages of mopping up the area, securing evidence and documenting the consequences of the unfortunate event, adding that the country is now secure and that the nation remains calm.

The DusitD2 Complex which houses several multi-national offices and a hotel is located in the leafy Riverside area of Westlands, Nairobi.

About four gunmen armed with rifles and grenades drove to the 14 Riverside Drive at around 15:00 local time and staged a deadly attack, leaving a trail of destruction.

Police said the gang arrived at the entrance of the DusitD2 hotel and alighted before one of them started to shoot aimlessly.

Al-Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters conducted a terrorist attack in upmarket Kenya, killing 47 people inside the hotel. — Reuters

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DILG confirms another suicide bomber in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 February 2019 05:17 PM

Soldiers conduct clearing operations at the Jolo blast site| Courtesy: Ahmad Sajan

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — There is another suicide bomber currently in Mindanao, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año.

The Yemeni suicide bomber is reportedly living in the country for over a year along with other foreign terrorists of Indonesian, Pakistani, Egyptian and Malaysian nationality.

Año said these foreign terrorists are in Baslian and Maguindanao along with other local terrorists.

“Iyong sinasabi nating suicide bomber na na-train, ito ay yung Yemeni. But there are foreign terrorists who are also living in other parts of Mindanao but we cannot say that he is a suicide bomber kasi foreign terrorist sila providing support, advice to the local Abu Sayyaf but not necessarily suicide bomber na sila. Except for this Arab-looking national inside Sawadjaan camp,” said  Año

(Translation: The trained suicide bomber we are referring is a Yemeni national. But there are foreign terrorists who are also living in other parts of Mindanao but we cannot say that he is a suicide bomber because they are foreign tourists providing support, advice to the local Abu Sayyaf; but they are not necessarily suicide bombers except for this Arab-looking national inside  Sawadjaan camp.)

Año added that, as of this time, they have no intel reports on any terroristic plans the Yemeni suicide bomber has.

 The DILG secretary, meanwhile, confirmed that the ten-year-old daughter of the alleged suicide bombers that blew up Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu is now under the care of Abu Sayyaf leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

He said the child is being trained to follow her alleged parents’ footsteps.

“You know they believe this particular cause na slight kulto na. They believe they will go to heaven if they die doing suicide bombing. Mahirap baguhin yung pag-iisip na ganun na yun dumating na sa punto na their way of life, ” Año said.

(You know they believe in this particular cause which has become like cult, they believe they will go to heaven if they die doing suicide bombing. It will be difficult to change that perspective. I has become their way of life.) —Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Lea Ylagan

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Rare black leopard caught on camera in Kenya

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 February 2019 09:18 AM

Still photograph of ‘Black Leopard’ in Laikipia Wilderness Camp | Will Burrard/Camtraptions LTD via Reuters

A rarely-sighted black leopard has been captured on camera in Kenya by a wildlife photographer who told Reuters it was a “stunning subject to photograph at night”.

The cat is described as ‘black’ because of the higher levels of melanin or dark pigment in its fur, but the characteristic leopard spots can still be seen on the animal’s coat.

Will Burrard-Lucas took the pictures in January 2019, by setting up sensors to detect the animal and then automatically triggered the camera and flash to capture the images, Lucas said.

A San Diego Zoo researcher who was in the area took video of the animal and confirmed the sighting of the creature.

The zoo also said that most observations of the animal had been in Southeast Asia up until this point. — Reuters

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Two arrested over Nairobi hotel attack

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 18 January 2019 11:36 AM

Police officers, people on site after blast, security presence at scene on January 15, 2019 | Reuters

Two suspects in connection with Tuesday’s terrorist attack in an upmarket hotel and office complex in Kenya’s capital Nairobi are in custody, reports Kenyan police.

The Inspector General of Kenya Police Joseph Boinnet informed the press on Wednesday that they have arrested two suspects, and the investigation is still underway.

“In subsequent investigations by the DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations), we have arrested two individuals, whom we have very strong reasons to believe facilitated the attack, and are in our custody assisting the police with the investigations,” said Boinnet.

Boinnet also reviewed the number of lives lost to 21 from 14 on Wednesday, saying new bodies had been retrieved from the scene of the attack.

“This is the final tally as of this evening: six other bodies were found at the scene, and one police officer succumbed very sadly to his injuries when undergoing treatment. Five terrorists were eliminated. These are the nationalities of the persons who very sadly lost their lives: 16 Kenyans, one Briton, one American, and three persons of African descent whom we’re yet to identify,” said Boinnet. — Reuters

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