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