Man­dera sur­vivors say they re­ceived warn­ing of im­pend­ing attack

Quarry worker says lo­cals told them not to re­port to work as early as usual

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Sur­vivors of Thursday’s raid in Man­dera town have said they had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion a ma­jor attack was in the off­ing. The attack was on a res­i­den­tial house at Bulla Pub­lic Works.

Quarry worker Peter Irungu said some lo­cals had told them not to re­port to work early, as they did be­fore. “Like this week, we had been told to re­port to work at 8am. But we would hear none of it. We never took the threats with the se­ri­ous­ness they de­served,” he said.

Gov­ern­ment spokesman Erick Ki­raithe said they had in­tel­li­gence al Shabaab mil­i­tants were plan­ning an attack in Man­dera, but the in­tel was not suf­fi­cient to act on.

He said the re­ports in­formed se­cu­rity forces to pre­pare for prompt re­sponse in case of an attack. Ki­raithe said more lives were saved be­cause of the swift re­sponse. Among those killed were a teacher, an NGO worker, a bar- ber, a quarry worker and a labourer.

The ma­jor­ity of the sur­vivors said they will stay put. “This in­ci­dent will not dampen my spirit to con­tinue work­ing in this area. What I know for sure is that it is God who pro­tects and when your day comes, you will die, even in the com­fort of your house,” said a sur­vivor who iden­ti­fied him­self as Mu­vinyi. County com­mis­sioner Fredrick Shisia said the attack was well-co­or­di­nated.

/REUTERS

Kenya Red Cross work­ers near bod­ies af­ter the attack by al Shabaab mil­i­tants in Man­dera town on Thursday

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