Saturday, February 23, 2019

Nairobi’s Night Club Hit by a Grenade

Credit: Mwauri Chris
People injured in Nairobi night club

Yesterday, a grenade attack on a nightclub in the center of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya killed a person and injured more than ten.

The terror was caused in the morning of Monday; that is yesterday. Kenya's police chief said investigations had shown no links with the Somali militant group al-Shabab. This has happened a week after Kenya sent troops to Somalia to track down members of the group, which Nairobi blames for several kidnappings. Al-Shabab threatened reprisals if the troops did not leave Somalia.

It is believed that Al Shabab is an Islamist group related to Al-Qaeda. It controls much of southern and central Somalia and has denied carrying out any abductions. We will remember that in last December three people were killed in a grenade attack at a bus in Nairobi. This attack has never been claimed and never clear who perpetrated it. Senior police officer of Kenya, Mr Iteere told journalists in Nairobi that the grenade attack had no links to al-Shabab, despite the fact that an investigation about this awful event was going on.

He added that a Russian-made grenade was used inside the nightclub of Nairobi. One of the injured people in the incident revealed that he heard a loud and deafening explosion and immediately there came darkness; he thought the electricity had gone out but when he touched his face, it was completely full of blood. Video footage on the event showed blood and beer bottles on the floor of the nightclub; also upturned seats and debris littered the floor of the night club. Nairobi police cordoned off the area. No group has so far admitted carrying out the attack.

We remember that last week, Kenya announced it would carry out a major security operation in Nairobi to flush out al-Shabab sympathizers once its Somalia operation had ended. The US embassy in Nairobi warned on Saturday of an "imminent threat" of attacks in Kenya. In fact, the group has been rocked by an offensive lead by African Union forces that reclaimed control of parts of Mogadishu, the capital city of Somalia, in recent weeks and by Kenya's military intervention, which began in mid-October after Somali gunmen kidnapped four European women in Kenya, one of whom later died. The Southern residents of Somalia reported that military aircraft had flown overhead and likely dropped ordinance. It was unclear to what nation the warplanes belonged.

A Kenyan military spokesman on Sunday said that France's navy bombed a town in Somalia near an al-Shabab stronghold but the French Embassy on Monday did not accept their warships are in the vicinity. Burkhard said French transport planes will fly supplies from Nairobi to an airport in northern Kenya beginning Monday or Tuesday, and that the operation would be a kind of a limited scope. In a sign of the political complexities surrounding Kenya's operation, on Monday, the Somali president admitted that the Kenyan military incursion is not appropriate and not even acceptable.

This actually opposed a statement from both governments last week that they were working together. He added that they welcome their collaboration with Kenya, but there are inappropriate things going on now. The truth is that they want Kenya to help their troops, but don't want its troops just entering into Somalia. The Somali government and its people will not be pleased with that, added President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed of Somalia.

Based on the opinions of analysts, they have long admitted that the Somali government, which currently only controls the capital city, is wary of any potential rivals for its international patronage. It is also worried that Kenya might install its own administration in Kismayo in order to watch over the different activities of the terrorists and so see how to root them out the region. Besides, since the US has deployed a contingent of soldiers in Uganda, neighboring countries must be on alert because this will certainly increase attacks of terrorist who operate in this area. Terrorists may think these troops came to track them down.

When armed people launch deadly attacks on innocent people it becomes an act of barbarity and terrorism. This should be denounced and punished. All countries around the world should unite to combat terrorism as it is making roots, particularly in countries with weak governments that cannot afford to address terrorism. People should feel free on their land and this is one of the most crucial duties of governments; to be sure their citizens are living in security.

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2 comments on Nairobi’s Night Club Hit by a Grenade

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By TonyBerkman on October 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

this violence is so pointless...

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By MUGISHO N.THEOPHILE on October 26, 2011 at 01:22 am

Tony, that is right and I think nations should be united for a better solution to violence.

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