On Monday, 28 May 2012, the normalcy and serenity of an afternoon in downtown Nairobi was broken by a huge blast, by local standards, at Assanand building along Moi Avenue. Thirty two people were injured and one life was lost. It was not the first terrorist attack on Nairobi and, unfortunately, it is not going to be the last. The following could be the objectives of the people behind Monday attack:
- Just unleash terror by killing as many people as possible, on this; they succeeded in killing one and injuring over thirty people.
- A test run to see how the authorities and our security agents are organized (disorganized), of which the actions of the commissioner of police Mr. Iteere and the government in general communicated a lot when they gave unverified and contradicting facts immediately after the blast. At first linking the blast to an electric fault then changing the story when Kenya power discredited this reasoning.
The security agents and the authorities should up their game in securing scenes of disaster and criminal events. There are rumors that the al-Qaeda has been overheard bragging that their agents remained around after the Assanand blast and passed themselves as journalists and even interviewed the victims.
- To see how the public react and how they may be herded to a possible disaster through curiosity. The public did not disappoint by crowding around the scene of incident. If you watched the huge crowds at the scene, from the pictures streaming live on most media houses, one thing must have become very clear to you, Kenyans can let their curiosity lead them to their death.
Picture this; with improved security checks on entrances to most buildings in the city, criminals might find it difficult to sneak in big explosive devices into such building. In order to have the highest impact possible, they can work the other way round, bring huge crowd to their explosive device. Such a device may be kept in a car parked on the street. The terrorists need only to interest and attract Kenyans to the device with a smaller incident before triggering a bigger blast after huge crowds have formed.
Your security is your responsibilityAll said and done you should realize that your security is your responsibility. In such events you should overcome your curiosity, keep away and wait to see the events through the media. Experiencing such incidents firsthand may be interesting but might turn out to be the last thing you see.
- Kenyans itch to be first at disaster scenes oblivious of dangers(Standard newspaper)
- Be wise,keep off terrorist attack sites (businessdailyafrica.com)
- Kenyan capital Nairobi’s centre rocked by large blast – BBC News (bbc.co.uk)
- Blast Rocks Nairobi Avenue,More Than 30 Injured. Is It The Al Shabab? (kenyanvoice.wordpress.com)
- Fertilizer Bomb Suspected in Nairobi IED Blast (abcnews.go.com)
- Explosion Hits Downtown Nairobi (abcnews.go.com)
- Fertlizer bomb suspected in Nairobi IED blast (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Kenyan police say Nairobi blast was a bomb attack (latimesblogs.latimes.com)