Locals may have perpetrated Mandera attack – Gethenji

Locals may have perpetrated Mandera attack – Gethenji

Defense and Foreign Relations Committee Chair Ndung’u Gethenji now says locals may be responsible for the spate of terror attacks Mandera County.

According to Gethenji, reports indicate the attacks – which have killed scores and inured many more in the North Eastern town – are not being executed by Al Shabaab militiamen from neighboring Somalia.

Following the deadly Monday night attack that claimed 12 lives, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery declared a two month dusk to dawn curfew in the area.

Gethenji praised Nkaissery’s objective, adding that this would help weed out locals who may be carrying out the attacks.

“I am glad that the government has worked quickly to put a curfew in Madera so that any local elements that may have been involved in that particular incident may find it hard to operate,” Gethenji said.

The Foreign Relations Committee Chair expressed optimism that those behind the attacks would be brought to book, adding that the curfew would enable investigators to weed out radicalized locals.

“The curfew will give security forces enough opportunity to sieve them out and bring them to justice,” he said in Tetu, Nyeri County as he visited with family of one of the victims, Michael Makumi.

On Thursday, North Eastern Regional Coordinator Amb Mohamud Saleh ruled out direct involvement of Al-Shabaab militants, saying preliminary investigations showed that the Monday attack was carried out by radicalized criminal gangs operating within Mandera Town.

Commenting on these reports, Gethenji said: “We are not discounting that it is a live possibility. If that is the true position, then the local leaders and the community will have a lot of questions to answer.”

The Defense Committee Chair wants Mandera County leaders to be questioned on the constant attacks, with last week’s terror attack that left 12 people dead, 6 hailing from his Nyeri County.

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