Dusk-to-dawn curfew declared in Mandera towns
Residents told to stay indoors and in authorised premises unless they get permission to travel outdoors. Shabaab attacked guest house on Tuesday
The government has declared a onemonth curfew in Mandera county. Residents are restricted from movement between 6.30pm and 6.30am.
A legal notice dated October 27 and signed by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery states the curfew applies to Mandera, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey, Kotulo and Elwak towns and the environs extending 20km from the Kenya-Somalia border.
“This order applies to every person except under special conditions of a written permit granted by the respective deputy county commissioner. Remain indoors and in such other premises as may be authorised,” reads part of the legal notice.
The curfew comes three days after al Shabaab militants attacked the Bishaaro Guest House in Mandera town, killing 12 people and seriously injuring six others.
Meanwhile, a Mandera Anti-Terrorism Police Unit officer sought orders yesterday to detain a man suspected of aiding the Tuesday morning guest house attack. Constable Stephen Opondo wants Abdirahman Ali detained for 10 days to give time to conclude investigations.
Prosecution counsel Alene Mulama told the court investigations require a multi-agency approach. The court heard that Abdirahman, 21, a caretaker at the guest house, did not sleep at the premises on the night of the attack. The accused slept at a room about 15 metres from the hotel. Abdirahman did not object to the detention request. He said he reported his suspicions of a terror attack to a Kenya Police Reservist Post two weeks before the attack. He said he spoke to an officer by the name Hussein.
Abdirahman said no action was taken. The people staying at the guest house were non-local university students and set-book actors in secondary schools, and quarry workers.
Mulama told the court the prosecution believes the accused had information about the terror attack and decided to sleep away from the hotel.
Resident magistrate Duncan Mtai granted the orders to detain Abdirahman for 10 days.
“The matter lingers fresh in the minds of Kenyans and requires thorough investigations to not only bring perpetrators of the attack to justice, but curb terror attacks in the future,” he said.
CONSTABLE WANTS SUSPECT DETAINED FOR 10 DAYS. THE CARETAKER LEFT GUEST HOUSE BEFORE ATTACK
Kenya Red Cross Society workers and police officers at the scene of destruction, following an attack of the Bishaaro Guest House in Mandera town on Tuesday /
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