Mass killings raise security concerns in Kenya

Islamic Extremism

A woman is assisted by Red Cross workers as she is overcome by emotion after seeing the body of a relative who was killed in Tuesday’s attack, at the mortuary in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The Islamic militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for a methodical massacre in northern Kenya early Tuesday that killed 36 non-Muslims – 10 days after a similar attack on a bus that killed 28 – and it prompted President Uhuru Kenyatta to shake up his national security team amid public outrage over the continuing violence. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

In northeastern Kenya, hundreds of residents are fleeing their homes after a deadly terrorist attack. The bodies of the victims have been cleared from the quarry, where they worked. CCTV America’s Kofa Mrenje reported this story from Nairobi.

Families of the victims of Mandera massacre in Kenya have been called to the city’s main mortuary to identify the bodies. 36 individuals were killed early Tuesday in the country’s northeast region.

“It is a sad and painful death. Very painful. I don’t even know where this country is going,” Beatrice Mulamula a relative of a deceased worker said.

“He has left behind a family. He was a friend and like a son to me. It makes me very sad and my heart heavy,” Joseph Njugi, relative of another deceased worker said.

Militants from al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for this incident. Terrorists have also threatened more to come as a revenge for Kenya’s military presence in Somalia.

Barely nine days ago, there were similar grieving scenes at the mortuary. 28 people were killed in the same area by the same Islamic extremist group . The government then had promised to tighten security. The latest attack has raised questions on the government’s ability to provide security to the people.

“I can’t say I am safe. Because the same way they were killed, I could also be killed. So I beg the government to do something about the security situation in the country,” Stephen Ndirangu, a Nairobi resident said.

After this incident, the President is replacing his police chief and minister in charge of security. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta asked Kenyans to unite, and said, “We will not flinch in war against terrorists.”

Kenyans say, those words need to match with action. No one else wants to make the journey to the mortuary.