The militant group said the Nairobi attack was a response to
the "witless remarks" of U.S. President Donald Trump and his
declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to the
"systematic prosecution of Muslims in Palestine."
Four injured in armed
attack on construction site near Kenya-Somalia border
GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Four people were injured in an attack by gunmen
on a Chinese road construction site in Shimbirey, about 50 km
from Garissa town on Sunday evening, Kenyan police confirmed on
Garissa County Police Commander David Kerina, who visited the
scene, said swift response by the police helped save lives.
The police are pursuing militants suspected to have crossed
from neighboring Somalia after escaping on foot toward Dadaab
area, Kerina said.
"As per the tracking, quite a number of them sustained bullet
injuries and we are right on their heels. Sooner we shall catch
up with them," Kerina told journalists in Garissa town.
He said the security officers guarding the camp returned fire
and in about 15 minutes were able to repulse the militants who
fled to nearby thicket.
The police said the attack occurred at around 8 p.m. on
According to locals who did not want to be named, eight
hooded militants, all armed with AK-47 rifles, kidnapped a man
from a nearby village and ordered him to take them to the camp
of the construction site.
As they approached the camp, they started shooting
arbitrarily, prompting the workers who are housed outside the
fenced camp to scatter for safety.
During the shootout, the wife of one of the security guards
manning the gate was shot from behind and a bullet is said to be
lodged in her shoulder.
She was rushed to hospital and her condition is now stable.
Three others were also injured, including the husband of the
Three senior al-Shabab
militants arrested in southern Somalia
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali National Army (SNA) have arrested three
senior al-Shabab members in an operation conducted on Sunday
evening in the country’s southern region of Bakol, officials
said on Monday.
Dahir Ali Mohamed, the commander of 260 unit section nine
told journalists that their forces apprehended three
high-profile militants in the Amniyat, al-Shabab’s intelligence
wing in an operation in the region.
"Our forces have detained three al-Shabab terrorists who were
planning terror attack on the residents and assassinate people,"
the official said
Mohamed noted that Somali army will intensify the operations
on al-Shabab militants in the region.
The move comes amid Somali national forces are conducting
major operations against the al-Qaida-affiliated group al-Shabab
in central and southern Somalia.
Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF) backed by African Union
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ousted al-Shabab from the capital
Mogadishu in August 2011, but the terror group is still in
control of several areas in southern Somalia and capable of
• Meanwhile, the security forcers are interrogating a
foreign national who was arrested with explosive material
while trying to travel from Mogadishu airport to Ethiopia on
The security official said the suspect was nabbed as he was
due to board the Ethiopia-bound plane but it was not clear why
the foreign national was travelling with prohibited materials.
The arrest comes amid heightened security surveillance
following attacks on Ethiopian soldiers on Saturday.
The insurgents claimed to have killed 57 Ethiopian troops in
The U.S. army responded and later killed 52 militants.
The arrest of the foreigner at the airport comes two years
after Daallo Airbus was attacked with a laptop bomb, killing one
person thought to be the suicide bomber and injured two
The aircraft A321 flight was about 15 minutes in the air when
the bombing incident happened on February 2, 2016, causing a
hole in the fuselage.
However, pilots managed to land the aircraft back to
Mogadishu Airport safely and without any further incident.
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office issue
travel advisory for visitors to the Kenya Coast