Kenyan official says security situation under control after hotel attack

admin   •   January 16, 2019   •   1801

Military in Nairobi, Kenya | Reuters

The Kenyan government said Tuesday the security situation in the country is under control after an unknown number of terrorists attacked an upmarket hotel and office complex in the capital of Nairobi, and killed at least six people.

Security teams have evacuated scores of Kenyans and other nationalities from the buildings after a nine-hour operation, according to Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of the National Government.

He said Tuesday evening that the government was in the final stages of mopping up the area, securing evidence and documenting the consequences of the unfortunate event, adding that the country is now secure and that the nation remains calm.

The DusitD2 Complex which houses several multi-national offices and a hotel is located in the leafy Riverside area of Westlands, Nairobi.

About four gunmen armed with rifles and grenades drove to the 14 Riverside Drive at around 15:00 local time and staged a deadly attack, leaving a trail of destruction.

Police said the gang arrived at the entrance of the DusitD2 hotel and alighted before one of them started to shoot aimlessly.

Al-Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying its fighters conducted a terrorist attack in upmarket Kenya, killing 47 people inside the hotel. — Reuters

PNP: Mission ends only until last foreign delegate leaves Phl

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said security for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will remain until the last foreign delegate has left the country.

In a statement on Wednesday (December 11), PNP Officer-in-Charge Pol. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the PNP security contingent to continue police visibility and provide assistance to SEA Games delegates.

“This mission ends only until after the last foreign delegate has left the country,” Gamboa said.—AAC

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PNP targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.

Over 17,000 security personnel from various government agencies will be deployed during the event.

During the send-off ceremony in Camp Bagong Diwa on Thursday (November 21), PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing that they have not monitored any threat for the SEA Games.

“Imminent [threat]? None. But the evaluation continues. We do not stop evaluating,” he said.

The task force created for the SEA Games includes the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Civil Defense, local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies.

Meanwhile, SEA Games Task Group Commander PBGen. Lyndon Lawas said they are coordinating with the Department Education (DepEd) for the suspension of classes in Metro Manila.

The deployment will begin on November 25 following the implementation of ‘full alert’ status in Metro Manila.

“We would like to minimize the effect of the travel of the delegates to and from the different destinations, from the billet area to the game sites,” he said.

There will be 530 events from 56 sports in the SEA Games where over 9,000 athletes will compete for the gold.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

4 suspected Abu Sayyaf members arrested in Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 26, 2019

Four suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were arrested during the joint operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Zamboanga City on Thursday (September 26).

The arrested individuals were identified as Aljiver Habibula, Omar Julaspih, Rody Marail, and Nash Amik who are all from Sulu province and are currently residing at Barangay Baliwasan, Zamboanga City.

Recovered from the operation are ingredients for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

According to the PNP, they have been monitoring the suspects for several days. They also clarified they have not received any threats of bombing in Zamboanga City.

“Batay sa briefing ng ating intelligence division ay wala naman talaga tayong threat tungkol diyan. Hindi rin natin masasabi kung ito ba ay may plano (attack) para sa ating fiesta pilar (Based on the briefing of our intelligence division, there are no threats. We also cannot say if they have a planned attack for our festival),” Police Regional Office 9 Spokesperson PMaj. Helen Galvez said.

However, according to AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas, they received a report last month about the ASG’s plan to bomb various areas in the country.

Encinas said this is a part of ASG’s retaliatory attack because their number continues to decrease.

“Maliit na lang iyan pero mayroon silang kakayahan to conduct IED attacks (They may be small but they still have the capacity to conduct IED attacks),” he warned.

Due to this, he reminded the public to immediately report to the authorities any suspicious individuals in their area.

They can contact the PRO-9 office at 0917 506 2000.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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