5 Charged over Garissa Varsity Terror Attack


Five suspects arrested over the Garissa University College terror attack in which 149 people died were yesterday formally charged in a Nairobi court with committing a terrorist act.

On 2nd April 2015, Kenyan’s woke up to the worst nightmare of a decade. This was after armed militants attacked Garissa University College leaving at least 149 people dead and more than 70 people injured.

Since then investigation have been ongoing to net the masterminds of the attack. The names of the white widow Samantha Lewthwaite, Mohammed Kuno and Hassan Mahat Omar popped up. A 20 million bounty had been placed for anyone who will give details leading to the arrest of Kuno while Samantha is on the most wanted list.

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Mohamed Ali Abdikar, Hassan Aden Hassan, Sahal Diriye, Osman Abdi and Rashid Charles, a Tanzanian, denied 162 counts of terrorism and have been ordered detained till June 11 when the court will rule on their bail terms.

5 Charged over Garissa Varsity Terror Attack
THE SUSPECTS: Rashid Mberesero, Osman Dagane, Mohamed Abikar, Hassan Aden and Sahal Diriye at the Milimani law courts yesterday. Abikar said police have tortured him in custody

The prosecution opposed their release on bail, noting that they were suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists and their release may prejudice trial.

The effects of the terrorist attack led to Migori Teachers training college and Garissa medical college to be closed indefinitely.

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Speaking to the media, Garissa Medical College Principal, Omar Osman said that the decision was arrived at following a series of security meetings held by the County commissioner Njenga Miiri. Mr. Njenga said that it was resolved that since the government has failed to increase the number of security personnel in the college ,the only option was to close the college.

“Following the Garissa attack, we have requested the county government to provide us with armed security personnel only to be told that the county has few security personnel”, Omar Osman said.

Mr. Omar explained that it was uncalled for to gamble with the lives of students and that it was in order to close the institution till the government beefs up security in the region.

The students on sessions were sent to other colleges while the staff remains rooted awaiting communication from Nairobi. The principal went ahead to express his disappointment at the government saying that it has failed to secure the college close to a month after the Garrisa attack. The students too added a coin on the issue, those who spoke to the media said that closing the college was not the permanent solution and the government should move with speed to secure the vast northern Kenya.

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In Migori County over two hundred teachers at the Migori Teachers training college were forced to pack and leave the institution following reports of a possible terror attack. The college principal, Mary Claire Indire confirmed that she had received the information on a terror attack planned to take place at the college. As at now the police and the guards are manning the college and no stranger is allowed in the compound. Speaking to journalists, Migori County police commander David Kirui also agreed that the police are in possession of the information on possible terror arrack at the college.

Meanwhile, a hearing has been set for August 24 and 25 before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Milimani to determine the fate of the 5 alleged attackers.



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