Monthly Archives: September 2012
Troops from the Somali National Army and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have advanced to within 5km of the port city of Kismayo, a day after they pushed Al Qaeda-affiliated militants from the southern Somali town of Canjeel.
A child has died after twin grenade attacks at St Polycarp ACK church along Juja road in Pangani early morning.
The child died at Radiant hospital after the attack that happened at 10:30am. The body is still uncollected. The grenades ripped off the rooftop of the sunday school structure
Police say the attack which hit the Sunday school class left several injured. The injured were rushed to Radiant and Guru Nanak hospital for treatment.
The source of the attack was not immediately established but it comes at a time when KDF liberated Kismayu from the Al shabaab militias on Friday.
The attack comes after a lull in the attacks which have targeted churches,the worst was the attacks in a Garissa church that left 17 killed and 50 others injured by gunmen who opened fire in a church.Other attacks have been carried out in Mombasa and Nairobi.
Somalia Al shabaab militias yesterday announced they have abandoned their 5-year hold of lucrative port city of Kismayu.
“The military command of Shebab mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight,” Al Shabaab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP.
Kenya Defence Forces,KDF, jets have destroyed an Al Shabaab armory store and warehouse at Kismayu airport according to a tweet by KDF.
“Area is currently sealed off from on-lookers. Shaping-up operation! ” reads the tweet.
This is signal the much awaited Kismayu onslaught has begun. The port city of Kismayu is the only remaining Al Shabaab stronghold.
Yesterday KDF border patrol engaged Shabaab infiltrators at Kolbiyo. Two Al Shabaab militia were killed and three escaped back into Somalia. During the encounter two KDF soldiers were injured.
KDF has also dismissed allegations made by Al shabaab that they were killing Somalis indiscriminately.
“Allegations of KDF/SNA shooting everything that is moving in Sector II is not true. Pure propaganda from alshabaab & their sympathizers,” said KDF.
Kenya Director of Public Prosecution,DPP, has ordered the immediate arrest of Embakasi Mp Ferdinand Waititu for hate speech.
Keriako Tobiko’s order came a few minutes after the controversial MP who is also an assistant minister of Water apologized to the Masai community after pressure from Kenyans on social media especially (KOT).
The Mp had on Monday ordered Kayole residents to evict Masai people from his constituency after a young man was allegedly killed by some Masai watchmen. Kayole is in Embakasi in Eastern Nairobi.
But today Waititu ate the humble pie and issued a statement blaming the pressure on political opponents who are against his Nairobi Governor bid.
“The only wrong thing I did was to mention Maasai.We have Kenyan Maasai,and Tanzania Maasai,’Said the Mp at Parliament.
Waititu who is not new to aggressive behavior said: ‘I have Maasai blood myself.I cant condemn my own people.”
Typical of all politicians who find themselves in the wrong side of the law Waititu blamed the Media and especially NTV and said they should apologize for giving false information.
Waititu woes increased after his party leader Uhuru Kenyatta asked him to immediately apologise.
“I strongly condemn any kind of comments and actions that can either be seen to be divisive or against national unity. This is because TNA, its members and myself are strong advocates of national unity, togetherness, national cohesion and integration. More importantly, Kenya, including Nairobi, belongs to all of us. If Mr Waititu believes in the values and beliefs of TNA, I demand that he apologises to the people of Kenya and the concerned community for the comments attributed to him yesterday,” said Kenyatta.
Mogadishu, 22 September, 2012: Al Shabaab suffered a significant setback today over 200 militants from the Al-Qaeda linked group and gave themselves up to AMISOM forces in Garsale, approximately 10 km from the town of Jowhar and some 80 km from the capital, Mogadishu.
Tullow Oil has announced that the Mbawa-1 exploration well in Malindi has struck gas.
“Tullow Oil plc (Tullow) announces that the Mbawa-1 exploration well in the L8 licence area, offshore Kenya, has encountered gas in the shallowest objective,in the L8 licence area, offshore Kenya, has encountered gas in the shallowest objective.” said a statement released early morning.
The Mbawa-1 exploration well has been drilled to a depth of 2,553 metres and has encountered approximately 52 metres of net gas pay in porous Cretaceous sandstones. The well will now be drilled to a total depth of 3,275 metres targeting further exploration objectives.
Apache (50%) is Operator of the offshore Bloc
More than 200 bodies of al-shabaab fighters have been discovered between Miido and Janay Cabdalla towns in Somalia reports Citizen TV. AMISOM troops led by Kenya Defense Forces said the decaying bodies were discovered in trenches on Wednesday after al shabaab fighters retreated towards Bibi town following three days of heavy fighting.
Al shabaab terror group has posted photos of four soldiers they killed in Kismayo on Friday. The group claim the four are Kenyan soldiers but a closer look at their uniforms shows only two are KDF soldiers.
Photos of the four were posted on their twitter handle @HSMPress . In one photo a KDF soldier is pictured with a packet of Sportsman cigarette,Equity bank card, his ID card and an Airtel line. The other shows ‘locals’ dragging a body through the streets of Kismayu.