NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A Kenyan court on Wednesday found three suspects
guilty of the Garissa University terror attack where 148 people
mainly students were killed and several others injured in April
Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi said
Mohammed Abdi Abdikar, Hassan Edin Hassan and Rashid Mberesero
are guilty while Sahal Diriy Hussein was freed of all charges.
The three will be sentenced on July 3. Andayi said the three
were in communication with the attackers and knew of the plot to
attack the institution.
A total of 22 witnesses testified against them, including
students who survived the attack.
"I am satisfied that the accused persons were members of al-Shabab.
The accused persons knew of the plot and were therefore part
of the attackers," he ruled.
On April 2, 2015, armed al-Shabab gunmen stormed Garissa
University and shot indiscriminately killing 148 people, among
them students and security officers and injuring 79.
Kenya has been rocked by a series of terror attacks by al-Shabab
since 2011 when its troops joined a UN-backed security force
that is seeking to tackle the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia.
dismiss fears of possible terrorist
attacks after security alert by United States embassy
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzanian Minister for Home Affairs
Kangi Lugola on Thursday allayed fears of a terrorist attacks
following a security alert issued by the United States embassy
"The administration of President John Magufuli and its
defense and security organs are on full alert to face up to any
threats of terrorist attacks," Lugola told a news conference at
the commemoration of World Refugee Day in the business capital
Dar es Salaam.
"The security alert by the United States embassy is news like
just any other ordinary news, which might be true or false, but
the government is not taking anything for granted.
"The police are working on the security alert," added the
On Wednesday, the U.S. embassy in Tanzania issued a security
alert saying there were rumors of impending attacks in Masaki
area in Dar es Salaam, specifically at hotels and restaurants
frequented by tourists and Slipway Shopping Center on the
The alert said the embassy has no substantiating evidence of
the threat or information on the timing, but nonetheless warned
citizens to take the precautions, including being aware of their
surroundings, avoiding crowds and monitoring media updates.
Lugola appealed to Tanzanians and other people residing in
the country to go ahead with their businesses as the government
was taking necessary steps.
Tanzania warns United
States embassy against issuing security alerts
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African
Cooperation on Thursday warned the United States embassy against
issuing security alerts without observing laws of the country
and diplomatic procedures agreed globally.
A statement issued by the ministry said the security alert
issued by the U.S. embassy on Wednesday has caused panic among
citizens and foreigners intending to visit the country.
The statement said the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Faraji Mnyepe and
other senior officials held talks with the U.S. Deputy Head of
Mission in Tanzania Ann Marie Warmenhoven-Tilias over the
issuing of the security alert.
The statement said the U.S. embassy official admitted that
the embassy did a mistake to issue the security alert which did
not specifically target Americans but the entire general public,
The statement said Mnyepe urged Tanzanian citizens and
foreigners living in the country to proceed with their
businesses, saying defense and security bodies were working to
ensure peace and tranquility prevailed in the country.
Three men convicted for supporting 2015 Garissa University
terrorist attack in Kenya