Security agencies ignored warning of terrorist attack on two occasions

PHOTO | AFP A policeman carries a baby to safety after masked gunmen stormed an upmarket mall and sprayed gunfire on shoppers and staff, killing at least six on September 21, 2013 in Nairobi.

What you need to know:

  • The death of 67 people in a terrorist attack last September could have been avoided, according to a probe by MPs. Security bosses ignored two critical warnings on Al-Shabaab and the military bungled the rescue when soldiers forcibly kicked out GSU officers who had cornered terrorists
  • Government was warned 19 days before the attack, but did not beef up security at shopping mall
  • Poor coordination between police and the military put many lives at risk during siege
  • Immigration officers are too corrupt to secure our borders and total overhaul needed urgently
  • Soldiers looted businesses and the military should not be involved in domestic issues
  • Two Parliamentary teams jointly probed the mid-morning siege that left 67 dead

It is now official: security agencies ignored the warning of an impending terrorist attack two times before the horrific Westgate massacre that killed 67 people and left close to 200 others wounded.

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