Monthly Archives: October 2011
“1700hrs: Kenya Navy ship sinks 3 Al Shabaab skiffs(small boats) fully loaded with fighters moving South from Kismayu,between Kuday & Burgavo,” reports Military spokesman Emmanuel Chirchir on his twitter.
Details of the attack are still scanty but no survivors have been reported so war.
It is rare for a suspect to plead guilty to 9 counts of serious crime. It is also the first time we have seen police arrest a suspect less than 24 hours after the grenade attack and produce him in court.
To many of us we have always assumed that an al shabaab militia is a Somali probably hooded-we were not prepared for Elgiva Bwire from Kakamega.
The Kenya army has stopped daily updates to the media on the progress of war against Somalia Al Shabaab group.
In a statement the military spokesman Major Chirchir said the media will be brief if any major incidents occur in the war front.
Fourteen people were injured after a grenade attack at a down town pub in Nairobi. Police has already blamed the Al Shabaab for the morning attack.
The attack took place at Mwaura’s pun a dingy establishment along Mfangano street in downtown Nairobi. The grenade exploded at around 1am according to workers at the pub. The injured were rushed to hospital where most have already been discharged.
The attack comes in the heels of a warning by Al Shabaab militants who had warned Kenyan of attacks following the invasion of Somalia. Kenyan forces invaded Somalia on October 15 to flash out Al Shabaab militia who had kidnapped tourists in the country
“Kenya violated the territorial rights of Somalia by entering our holy land, but I assure you that they will return disappointed, God willing,” Sheikh Hassan Turki, a senior al shabaab leader, is quoted by Al Jazeera as saying.
“Mujahideen fighters will force them to test the pain of the bullets.”
Even as the al shabbab try to attack Kenya the military by yesterday had started aerial bombardment of Kismayu. The city is the headquarters of the rag tag militia group.
Witnesses report that jets hit Kismayu on Sunday especially the port area and a mosque known to be frequented by senior al shabaab leaders.
The al shabaab war has attracted international support with French naval ship bombarding the port of Kismayu and American drones helping the Kenyan army that has so far had a very successful campaign.
The police in Nairobi has warned Kenyans to report any suspicious elements in the city with US warning of an eminent terror attack in Kenya.
The French government has confirmed that French hostage Marie Dedieu is dead. She was kidnapped by suspected Al shabaab militias on October 1 in Manda in Lamu.
The French government has learnt of the death through the contacts they were following to rescue her. Marie was sick and her captors had asked for her medicine to be sent to her.
Kenya military has killed 75 al shabaab militia in the battle of Bales Qoogani which is the second town to be taken from the Somalia rebel group.
“The Kenyan defence forces has not incurred any casualties so far, but the last two battles especially the one for Tabta around 75 militias were killed,” said Lt colonel Jeff Nyaga commander of the Linda nchi operation(The code name given to the al shabaab operation).
Four people have died after a suicide bomb exploded in Mogadishu near where Kenya Foreign Affairs minister and Defence minister were holding a meeting with Somalia officials.
The bomb exploded at the ministry of foreign affairs probably targeting the Kenyan ministers.The ministers, Moses Wetangula and Defence Yusuf Hajj had earlier held talks with President of Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.
The war against Al Shabaab militia has gone a notch higher after the capture of five major towns in Southern Somalia.
The town of Qoqaani was captured on Saturday by Kenya army backed Somalia Transitional Government (TGF). And yesterday Dhoobley, Afmadow, Taabto and Diif towns fell under TFG, Ras Kamboni and Kenya military fire.
Even with scanty details coming in on the war Kenya has entered against Al Shabaab terror group,already the terror group has promised the career Kenya army the pain of the bullets.
And a few hours later 5 Kenya military personnel are reported killed in Liboi after chopper crashes on developing mechanical problems.