No cover-up in killing of US em­bassy ‘at­tacker’, says Godec

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Pres­sure is mount­ing on the US gov­ern­ment to ex­plain cir­cum­stances un­der which an al­leged at­tacker was killed out­side its Nairobi Em­bassy last Thurs­day. Yes­ter­day US Am­bas­sador Robert Godec (pic­tured) de­nied there was any cover-up. “We are also pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance and I can as­sure you that there is no cover-up from the United States,” he said. He said the US is con­cerned with re­ports of ex­tra-ju­di­cial killings com­mit­ted by Kenya’s se­cu­rity agen­cies. Lead­ers have ques­tioned the nar­ra­tive that the man, iden­ti­fied as a 24-year-old Ab­dima­hat Ibrahim Hassan from Wa­jir county, at­tacked a GSU of­fi­cer with a knife be­fore he was killed. The in­jured of­fi­cer is yet to be iden­ti­fied and the ex­tent of his wounds dis­closed. It is said Hassan ar­gued with the of­fi­cer man­ning the gate. “As the man walked he raised his mid­dle fin­ger [ob­scene hand ges­ture] to­wards the of­fi­cer,” said a source who re­quested anonymity. “That’s when the GSU of­fi­cer shot him. The man had gun­shots wounds on the back of his head and neck, an in­di­ca­tion he was walk­ing away,” the source said. But na­tional po­lice spokesper­son Ge­orge Kinoti dis­missed the claims as “far-fetched”. For­mer Par­lia­ment Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim said, “The CCTV cam­eras at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy in Gi­giri can shed light on the hap­pen­ings lead­ing to the ex­e­cu­tion of a man by GSU. Truth.” Wa­jir Gover­nor Ahmed Ab­dul­lahi said, “What kind of knife was it that it scared ev­ery­one to the point they shot him? It is dif­fi­cult for us to be­lieve that the boy was a ter­ror­ist.” The Star has learnt that the man had made many at­tempts to make an ap­point­ment re­gard­ing his visa to the US. His fa­ther is said to be in the US.

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