Se­cu­rity officers to blame for ter­ror attacks in North­east­ern, leaders say

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Parliament -

Politi­cians from the ter­ror-prone North­east­ern re­gion have blamed the re­cent spo­radic attacks by al Shabaab mil­i­tants on en­demic cor­rup­tion within Kenya’s se­cu­rity forces. The elected leaders said the government has failed to deal with the ter­ror group’s in­sur­gency be­cause “money-hun­gry el­e­ments within se­cu­rity agen­cies” frus­trate ef­forts. They in­cluded Se­na­tor Bil­low Ker­row, MPs Mo­hammed Mo­hamud (Man­dera West), woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Fathia Mah­bub, No­hame Huka (Man­dera East), Has­san Os­man (nom­i­nated), Barry Shill (Fafi) and Tar­baj’s Mo­hamed Elmi. They were re­act­ing to the Tues­day dawn at­tack at a Man­dera Ho­tel by sus­pected Shabaab mili­tia, in which 12 non­res­i­dents were killed. Mo­hamud ac­cused Direc­torate of Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions officers of ar­rest­ing sus­pects and ex­tort­ing money from them in ex­change for their free­dom.

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