Man­dera at­tack could be by lo­cal thugs, says Kega

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Kieni MP Kanini Kega (pic­tured) has urged se­cu­rity of­fi­cers to in­ves­ti­gate if Thurs­day’s Man­dera at­tack was car­ried out by al Shabaab or a lo­cal mili­tia. He said the at­tack­ers could be crim­i­nals dis­guised as mil­i­tants of the So­ma­lia-based ter­ror group.

Six peo­ple were killed when al Shabaab ter­ror­ists hurled grenades and fired ran­domly at a res­i­den­tial build­ing that housed 33 non-lo­cals in Man­dera town.

“In So­ma­lia al Shabaab kill in­dis­crim­i­nately. But in North­east­ern, we are told they sep­a­rate na­tives and non-lo­cals. Po­lice could be rush­ing to blame al Shabaab while it is a crim­i­nal group pur­port­ing to be al Shabaab,” Kega said.

He spoke on Satur­day af­ter con­dol­ing with the fam­ily of David Munene, 40, who was among the slain six. Munene worked as a lorry driver. Kega said se­cu­rity should not be de­volved as the gov­er­nors may use po­lice of­fi­cers to ha­rass their po­lit­i­cal ri­vals.

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