More than 42 Killed, 200 Injured in Turkey Airport Attack

By Juma Fred / June 30, 2016




More than 40 people have been confirmed dead and more than 200 others left nursing injuries after an attack on one of Turkey’s largest and busy Istanbul Ataturk airport.

Authorities said that two suicide bombers detonated their devices near the entrance of the busy airport getting many travellers unaware.

Travelling operations in the airport have since been suspended and travellers directed to use other airports.

The attack on Turkey comes few months after another devastating attack in France that left more than 100 people dead and scores others injured. It also comes after another attack in Brussels Airport in Zaventem that left more than 30 of people dead and 300 injured.

Is Kenya safe after the Turkey Attack?

Following the terrorist attack in Turkey, the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Bonnet, has moved to assure Kenyans that the country is safe.

Speaking to journalists, the IG said that all airports in the country have been secured and that the police officers are on a high alert to counter any attempt to attack the country.

On Tuesday, the Kenya Defence Forces killed four Alshabaab militants in Lamu County and recovered guns, grenades and other lethal weapons giving an indication that the terror group, Al-Shabaab is already in the country.

Kenya has been under constant attack from the Somalia-based terror group with the largest attack being the killing of more than 147 students in Garissa University College.

Few weeks ago, five police officers were attacked and killed in Mandera as they escorted bus that was bound to Nairobi. The government of Kenya had started the construction of a security wall between Kenya and Somalia but some analysts feel it is mission in futility since most members of the terror group are within the country.

The Refugee Problem 

Kenya is in the process of repatriating all refugees from Somalia back to their country in an exercise that is estimated to cost 20 billion shillings.

Kenya has more than 600,000 refugees with Dadaab Camp having more than 300,000 of them. The United Nation has already given a go-ahead for the repatriation process but provided it is done in a humane manner without undermining the rights of the refugees.

Many refugee bodies, however, feel that Somalia is not yet ready to receive the refugees as the country is still under attack from the Alshabaab and still has the highest level of poverty due to the ongoing dry spell.

 



About Juma Fred

Juma Fredrick is an enthusiastic journalist who believes that journalism has power to change the world either negatively or positively depending on how one uses it.You can reach him on: (020) 528 0222 or Email: [email protected]

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