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Kenyan court finds three terror suspects
are guilty over Garissa University attack

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 2015.

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.
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Tanzania government 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 in Tanzania.

"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 minister.

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 Msasani Peninsula.

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.
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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, causing panic.

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.
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FURTHER READING:

Three men convicted for supporting 2015 Garissa University terrorist attack in Kenya

             

 

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