June 28th 2017

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Did Kenya have intelligence on Kulbiyow attacks?

The letter also tells of the insurgents’ plan to carry out the attack using tactics similar to the ones employed in the Garissa University attack, in which several gunmen invaded the institutions premises and proceeded to shoot dead 148 people, most of whom were students.

By Derrick Kirakadkiraka@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 30 Jan 2017 15:50 EAT

A letter from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation has surfaced indicating that Islamist militants Al Shabaab were planning an attack on a major learning institution in Kenya just before the group attacked the Kenya Defence Forces Kulbiyow base in Somalis. 

In the letter addressed to the Flying Squad Unit, County Criminal Investigation Officer (CCIO) Nicholas Kamwende warns of an attack similar to the one at Garissa University on 2 April 2015, where more than 140 students were killed. 

The letter is dated 27 January, just a day before Al Shabaab militants attacked a KDF base in Kulbiyow, Lower Jubba in Somalia. The situation report talks of the plans of the attack that are currently underway in Eastleigh being led by a Somali Amniyat (a spy) who is based in Mandera. 

“Al habaab militants led by a Somali Amniyat who is currently in Mandera are planning to stage an attack on a learning institution within Nairobi,” reads the introduction of the letter, which tells of the insurgents’ plan to carry out the attack using tactics similar to the ones employed in the Garissa University attack, in which several gunmen raided the institution and killed 148 people, most of whom were students.

The CCIO said that the terror outfit were planning to use women in the attack as was the case during the Garissa attack according to survivours’ account. "The women are already at Eastleigh in Nairobi in preparation for the attack while the operative in Mandera is expected to deliver logistical support before the end of January, 2017,” reads the closing statement of the letter.

The letter is likely to put into focus what the authorities knew before the attack. The Sunday Nation has reported authoritatively that, “The military says it had prior intelligence Al-Shaabab would attempt an attack on a Kenyan camp to commemorate the first anniversary of the El-Adde battle and was, therefore, on high alert.”

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