Four people were killed and ten others injured when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia’s parliament in the capital Mogadishu, police have said. “Explosives were packed in a vehicle which the security forces think was trying to pass through the checkpoint but because he could not do that, the suicide bomber detonated it,” said a police officer, Adan Abdullahi. “Initial reports we have received indicate four people were killed and more than ten others wounded in the blast,” he added.
Security was heightened in Kenya after an attack by al-Shabaab at a military base in Lamu that is usually used by US and Kenyan military personnel. A US military service member and two US contractors were killed in the attack. Two other Department of Defense personnel were injured is Sunday’s attack on Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu County. “The wounded Americans are in stable condition and being evacuated,” African Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
The death toll from Friday’s six-story building collapse in Tassia, Embakasi East, in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has risen to ten. Three more bodies were recovered, including an adult male and two children. Two more people were rescued alive, amidst cheers from onlookers. This has brought the number of survivors to 36.
Mudslides that were caused by heavy rains have killed at least 29 people in western Kenya, the nation’s interior minister said Saturday. A previous record of local officials reported at least twelve dead. “We are saddened to confirm that 12 people from Tapach and Parua in Pokot South, and 17 from Tamkal in Pokot Central lost their lives,” Kenyan Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i said in a statement.
Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kipchoge completed the 42.195 kilometer run in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in Vienna, Austria.
At least seven children were killed, and 64 others injured, after a school collapsed Monday morning in the suburbs of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Emergency services and the country’s authorities confirmed the accident. The injured pupils were initially 57, but the number has since risen to 64. They were all rushed to various hospitals in the city’s neighborhood for treatment.
The body of the Kenyan based Dutch tycoon, Tob Cohen, who went missing some days ago, has been found in his Nairobi home, thrown in a septic tank, rotting. Kenya’s director of criminal investigations, George Kinoti, has confirmed that the body had been dumped in the septic tank in Cohen’s home in Nairobi’s Kitisuru estate.
Matatu is the familiar term that refers to these luxurious buses and minibuses. The youth have even branded them ‘manyanga’ from the Swahili slang word ‘manganya’ which means a classic vehicle.