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Nairobi grenade attack: Al-Shabab denies Kenya blast

Posted by Administrator on March 12, 2012

Somali Islamists have denied being behind Saturday’s grenade blasts in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, in which at least six people were killed.

The militant al-Shabab “bears no responsibility whatsoever for the turbulence”, a press release says.

Kenya’s Internal Security Minister George Saitoti had accused the group of throwing four grenades from a passing car at a busy bus station.

Al-Shabab has threatened to attack Kenya after it sent troops to Somalia.

Police say four people have been arrested for Saturday’s attack, which wounded more than 60.

“Al-Shabab has nothing to do with the hand grenade attacks that hit Nairobi,” Sheik Mohamed Ibrahim, an official from the group, is reported as saying by the AFP news agency.

“We are not actually involved in such low-scale attacks,” he said.

Mohammud Ali, from the BBC Somali Service, says al-Shabab is not usually shy about admitting when it is behind an attack.

The group has posted videos online of Kenyan officials they kidnapped in January from the border region.

But it has never claimed responsibility for any of the other explosions Kenyan authorities say it carried out in north-eastern Kenya in recent months.

Nor did it say it carried out a similar grenade attack in Nairobi in October – when grenades thrown into a bar and bus station killed one and injured many.

That attack happened just days after the Kenyan military had crossed into Somalia to fight the militants.

Crater blaze

Saturday’s attack occurred at about 19:30 local (16:30GMT) – one of the busiest times for commuters and shoppers, correspondents say.

The Daily Nation reports that a seventh person has died from his wounds – but this has not been confirmed.

After the explosions, a fire blazed in a small crater at the Machakos bus station and bystanders helped carry the wounded to ambulances, Reuters news agency said.

Kenyan Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka later called for calm.

“This is an attack by people who think they can puncture the resolve of Kenyan people to fight against terror,” Mr Musyoka told reporters on Sunday outside the Kenyatta hospital which is treating the injured.

“It is a difficult moment, but it should strengthen our resolve,” he said.

There has been a string of small arms attacks and explosions on Kenyan soil ever since its troops crossed the Somali border.

Kenyan soldiers fighting al-Shabab in Somalia are due to be integrated into the African Union force next week.

The group has threatened to attack Kenya on several occasions.

Police there recently arrested several people over an alleged plot to blow up a hotel on the Kenyan coast.

Al-Shabab controls many southern and central parts of Somalia but is under pressure from a combination of forces from Kenya, Ethiopia and the African Union, which support the UN-backed government.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17338125


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Uhuru, Ruto want Kenya to burn again, says Raila

Posted by Administrator on March 12, 2012

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has hit out at G7 leaders, Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto accusing them of fanning impunity which could lead Kenya into another crisis as that witnessed after the 2007 elections.

In a statement to newsrooms, Raila says that the two G7 leaders are currently laying down the foundation not to attend their cases of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

In a hard-hitting statement, which made no pretences of who Raila was referring to, the Prime Minister says, “they are feverishly mobilising people to stand on the side of impunity. They have put impunity on the election agenda. It appears they would like to see Kenya burn again.”

The statement comes hot on the heels of another he issued last Saturday hours after both G7 leaders lost their bid to appeal against being committed to full trial at The Hague for crimes they allegedly committed after the 2007 elections in Kenya.

On Saturday a statement was released by the Raila Odinga Secretariat over allegations that the British Government wants Uhuru and Ruto jailed before June.

The statement signed by Raila Odinga Secretariat, and not Raila himself, on March 10, 2012, said crimes against humanity were worse than murder yet the Kenyan suspects remained free, traversing the country holding prayer meetings.

Raila says the next general election will be a referendum on the rule of law and that Kenyans are required to “search his or her soul and decide where they stand. The choice is between the law and impunity.”

Reacting to Rutofs statement that he (Raila) was the biggest beneficiary of the post-election violence, Raila said he was in fact the “greatest loser” as he accepted “being denied his rightful position as the elected President of Kenya.”

“The real beneficiaries of post-election violence are only too evident. They include those currently in the process of returning property acquired in areas where post-election violence victims were known to have been dispossessed of their land. Now these beneficiaries are rushing to return the land, in order to evade court processes. What greater admission of guilt could there be?”, said the statement.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/InsidePage.php?id=2000053903&cid=4

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