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MOMBASA , Kenya, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said Saturday that they are pursuing three accomplices of a wanted terror suspect who was gunned down in the coastal city of Mombasa on Friday evening.
Coast Regional Police Commander Larry Kieng told a news conference in Mombasa the three terror suspects are allies of Hussein Said Omar alias Babley who was shot dead after engaging security personnel in a shootout from his hideout before he was overpowered.
Kieng said they believe the three suspects escaped with injuries during the operation mounted by special anti-terrorism police unit on Friday evening.
Kieng added that the four were planning a major terrorist attack in Mombasa County.
""We are reliably informed the three were planning attack on Friday but our officers acting on intelligence information thwarted the imminent terrorist attack,"" the police commander said.
He said security have intensified intelligence gathering and patrols in the war on terrorism. The enhanced operation comes after the killing of Omar, one of the most wanted terror suspects in the country.
Omar is the logistician for the Al-Shabaab militia operating in Boni forest and is behind the killing of innocent Kenyans in Mwalei , Pandanguo and Milihoi.
He is brother to another terrorist who is also on the run by the name Dogo. Omar came to limelight in 2013 where he was involved in facilitating a group of French foreign fighters as they were running away from Al-Shabaab militant group.
He later on took up a bigger role in facilitation when his brother Ahmed alias Dogo left for Somalia and sent a cell of fighters back in late 2014.
He has been involved in various circles of financiers who supported local harakat and his brothers' needs in Somalia.
He later joined Ismael Shosi at the majengo house raid in Jan 2016 and later Junda residence of Salim Hanjaury alias Mario.
Early this year, the government released names and photos of seven most wanted members of the Jaysh Aman cell operating from Boni and placed a 20,000 U.S. dollar bounty on each.
They are Idriss Issack, Mohamed , Abdullahi Diyat alias Ubeyd, Sharif Arab, Ahmed Mohammed alias Jerry, Andikadir Haret Mohammed Yusuf Kuno alias Abu Ali and Ahmed Bashir.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the seven are believed to be operating on the Kenya-Somalia border and allegedly behind terror attacks in the Northeastern region , particularly in Mandera County.
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LAGOS , April 14 (Xinhua) -- The wanton killing of over 70 persons in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria's capital city on Monday is the latest shocking reminder that the West African country is fast drifting into a state of anomie reminiscent of Thomas Hobbes state of nature where life is said to be nasty, brutish and short.
Most of the affected people met their tragic end after a powerful bomb planted in a Volkswagen Golf car ripped through a packed bus station , killing 71 person and injuring some 123 people.
Those injured were receiving treatment in hospitals within Nyanya and other parts of the Federal Capital Territory.
About 16 luxurious buses were torched and 24 vehicles of assorted make were equally damaged.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the nature of the attack bears the signature of Boko Haram, an Islamist terror group operating from northeastern Nigeria.
The sect has proved to be a major security threat in the West African country since 2009.
The Abuja killing is tragic development signposts a violent campaign taken too far. And the question may be asked What end do perpetrators of this dastardly act actually want to achieve with the cold-blooded murder of these young, innocent and defenseless students? Again , another question that urgently begs an answer: What exactly is the ideology and rationale behind this kind of senseless and horrific killings?
This is the time for all well-meaning Nigerians to stand up to condemn these barbaric killings before the nation slides into anarchy. It is no time for rhetoric and half hearted condemnation.
The government must act decisively now. President Goodluck Jonathan should urgently initiate fundamental changes in the security strategy to end continuing civilian casualties and a climate of insecurity across the country.
Nigerians have heard promises from this government before that it would take all possible steps to prevent bombing tragedies and citizens' deaths and injuries.
As a first step, the government must swiftly, transparently and thoroughly investigate the killings, make the findings public and bring anyone suspected to be involved to justice.
Nigerians are reeling from so much loss , and this government should do everything possible to ensure that disasters like that of Nyanya Motor Park are not repeated.
In another development, there appears to be more to the bloodletting in the West African country as the Boko Haram fighters continued their killing spree as they killed no fewer than 60 persons in Ngoshe and Kaigamari villages of northeast Borno State close to the border with Cameroon on Sunday.
Before that, the suspected terrorists massacred more than 200 persons including students who were writing their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Borno on Saturday.
The terrorists also set ablaze many houses, shops , telecommunication masts and other.