Archive for March, 2014

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The Sunday gun attack in a church in Likoni left one a year old child  Cetrine Osinya in a very disturbing state. Osinya has a bullet lodged in his head and is currently awaiting surgery to remove the bullet that has been lodged in his brain more than 48 hours after he was shot. He was shot in the head when attackers raided the church , killing his mother among other Sunday worshippers. 

 

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Baby Satrin Osinya, with bloodied top, holds onto his teary brother Moses Gift at Coast General Hospital, Mombasa. Source:Google

Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have now turned to the government to help save the babe with the hashtag .

Baby Osinya to will be flown to Nairobi by AMREF this morning after Neurosurgeon checked the CT scans and declared he was safe to fly. Kenyans have been so moved by the baby’s condition and turned to twitter to call for action.

Here is what #KOT they had to say

 no other business: today Lets pray for Baby Osinya
 
 Tears dropped from my eyes just hearing him mention the name “mama” unaware that mama is gone for good
 
 38mIf the Health CS is not aware of govt’s free medical offering to , who is behind it? State House PR machinery?
 
 

seeing is believing. Thanks for your prayers and love for

 10h Government says they will pay medical bill,here is another case Blind,sick,hungry, abandoned
 
 10h Just called they r ready 2 fly 2 any hospital,meanwhile Osinya has been transferred 2 a private hospital.
 
: Please let us help this Kid get the terror bullet out of the Brain please...
 
 2m Baby Osinya has to go through a delicate procedure to remove bullet lodged in his head following the Sunday gun attack.
 
 3m Dear lord hear our prayers and . The sound of him calling for ‘mama’ broke my heart.

 

 
Join the conversation and pray for this innocent soul that is not even aware what is happening..#SaveBabyOsinya..God loves him so God 
 
By Nixon Kanali
 
 

 

By Nixon Kanali, 

There was shock in Mombasa on Tuesday evening following the discovery of a massive car bomb which anti-terror experts believe had been transported to the town to commit what would have turned out to be one among the deadliest terrorist attacks in Kenya.

In-built Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) welded to the floor and back seat of the Toyota Hilux registration number KAN 410E left so many Kenyans in shock. Police found six grenades, an AK 47 assault rifle, 270 bullets; six cylindrical bombs weighing 10 kilogrammes each, 5 magazines, 6 detonators, a Nokia cell phone and 6 electronic cables and reports suggest that the occupants of the car were surveying targets in Mombasa for about a week after meeting their contacts in the coastal city.

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Five of the six cylinder explosive bombs, one AK 47 and six hand grenade on display after being disabled at Coast provincial police headquarters in this picture taken on 18 March 2014. Photo Source:Daily Nation

Yesterday, the Over 170kg of powerful TNT bombs were destroyed in a massive but controlled explosion in Mtwapa area of Kilifi County. Residents say the explosions  were heard 20 kilometers away.

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Smoke billows from the quarry where pipe bombs were destroyed at Mtwapa. Photo Source: Daily Nation

Intelligence officials have warned that two terror suspects who were found with the car and are currently being detained in Mombasa were part of an 11-person Al-Qaeda-trained squad on a mission to commit a massive terror campaign in Kenya. They are said to have entered the country early this month

Intelligence officials also  believe Fuad Abubakar Manswab, a Kenyan fugitive from Mombasa who has links to the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular, is behind the alleged terror plot. Fuad, is facing terrorism charges in absentia alongside Briton Jermaine Grant, is said to have fled to Somalia after jumping bail about two years ago. He is believed to be staying in Yemen or the Gedo region of Somalia.

According to experts, the explosion was to be launched in a basement or crowded place by either radio waves generated by a cellphone found in the car or electric current from the car’s battery. The bomblets would then ignite secondary explosions and send pellets in all directions for maximum damage to human life.

Key anti-terror unit crippled by lack of funding

This comes amidst Police Inspector-General David Kimaiyo Tuesday’s admission that the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit was underfunded and that the lack of funding had not affected counter-terrorism work. How do we expect to fight terrorism of we cannot put up enough machinery to counter it?

The country recently suffered one of its worst terror attacks, the westgate shopping mall and it is expected after that the government should have put enough measure to avoid any future attacks. When the IG admits to lack of funding in the anti-terror unit of the police the we have so many reasons to be worry about as a country.

According to a September report by the US Congressional Research Service, Kenya is one of the top five global recipients of US State Department anti-terrorism funding. Last year, the US gave Kenya about Sh658 million for training and equipment. The British government has also contributed vehicles to the unit.

What happened in Mombasa has caused so much panic not only in Mombasa but also in major towns in the country. Who know how many more explosives have entered the country? The government needs to treat this matter seriously and more investigations carried out to ensure safety in the country.

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