Nkaissery orders media to pull down botched al Shabaab attack video or face legal actions
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has directed media houses to take down footage exclusively acquired by itv.com, showing the failed al Shabaab attack on a KDF camp in Baure, Lamu county on June 14.
In a statement to newsrooms, Nkaissery termed the content of 47-second video clip as “incendiary” content that serves to popularise the propaganda of the militia group.
“I strongly caution media houses, bloggers and other users of social media that the government will take severe legal measures against anyone who jeopardises the country’s national security by distributing, airing or publishing such incendiary material,” Nkaissery said.
Ironically, police paraded bodies of the killed al Shabaab militias in Lamu on June 16 after the botched attack.
Footage of the last moments of the 11 slain al Shabaab militia showing the training, planning and execution of the botched attack went viral online after the UK based news network posted the article Wednesday.
The footage is believed to have been taken by British national Thomas Evans who died in the failed attack. The clips captures over 30 militia in training ahead of the attack.
The audio for the final seconds of the footage reveals distressed voices of some of the militia as KDF overpowered them killing 11 and wounding several others.
The report carried by itv.com, reveals Evans, 25, nicknamed the White Beast due to his brutality, was part of the al Shabaab attackers in Mpeketoni, Lamu county in 2014 where over 70 people were killed in two separate attacks.
A town resident interviewed said he saw Evans who since his conversion to Islam in 2010 at the age of 19, changed his name to Abdul Evans, chopping off the head of one of the victims.
Evans mother has said she prefers her son not to be returned to UK for burial.
Meanwhile one of the KDF officers killed in the attack was buried on Wednesday in Menet village, Konoin, Bomet county. Private Eric Langat, 28, was one of four officers killed following the botched raid. The three others have been buried.