Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind, at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Extremists have launched an attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberate through the neighborhood. A police officer says he saw bodies, "but there was no time to count the dead." Al-Shabab _ the Somalia-based extremist group _ is claiming responsibility. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Kenya:Al shabaab’s attempt to strike again hits dead end

By Samuel Ouma|@journalist_27

Security forces help civilians flee the scene as cars burn behind, at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Extremists have launched an attack on a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital, sending people fleeing in panic as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberate through the neighborhood. A police officer says he saw bodies, “but there was no time to count the dead.” Al-Shabab _ the Somalia-based extremist group _ is claiming responsibility. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Police on Sunday night repulsed the suspected Al-shabaab militants who had attacked Chinese construction site in Garissa to save the country from further loss few days after the Somalia based group attacked DusitD2 complex in Nairobi.

The assailants reportedly opened fire at the construction site in Shimbirey Mbalambala Sub-county, a company mandated to build the Garissa-Modogashe highway. The guard manning the gate was injured along with his wife.

Garissa town police boss Aaron Morasae revealed that police moved in swiftly and overpowered the attackers forcing them to scamper for their safety. He added that the militants escaped with gunshot wounds.

“We successfully repelled an imminent attack on a construction site and we can report that calm has returned to the area,” he said.

Kenyans have expressed mixed reactions to abortive attack with some commending security officers for defeating the attackers.

“Why don’t we pull out our forces from Somalia? And build a wall on the border just the way USA is doing,” tweeted Doyle Hassan.

Another user by the name Richard Otieno M added, “God has really answered our prayers. We went before God in repentance seeking for His protection over our country. He has proven Himself faithful. An attack has failed in Garissa. How great thou art. Thank you God.”

“Garissa’s recent Alshabaab attack shows another reason why civilians should own guns. Fred Matiang’I (Interior Cabinet Secretary) should consider minimizing the expensive procedure of legally owning a gun,” added user Star BlackKE.

The attackers were targeting a group of Chinese and Kenyan workers in the site.

Meanwhile, four out of nine suspects whose photos were circulated on media by the National Police Service as the most wanted over last week terror attack have surrendered to police. Ramadhan Wario Bonaya alias Rasho, Boru Adbi Bidu, Gadaffi alias Munene andAbdi Ali Kachora surrendered after allegedly convinced by their parents.

The Anti-Terror police had appealed to the public to call or send message immediately they see the wanted terrorists. They are believed to have a hand in the Dusit attack that killed 21 people.

 

 

 

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