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Gunmen kill 13 at bar in one of worst Mexican slayings in 2019

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Gunmen shot dead 13 people at a bar in the city of Minatitlan in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said on Friday, in one of the worst slayings to hit Mexico since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office.

The unidentified assailants opened fire on Friday night after coming to look for a man at a bar in the southeast of Minatitlan, a spokesman for the government of Veracruz said.Seven men, five women and a child died in the shooting, which occurred close to Minatitlan’s oil refinery, one of six run by state oil firm Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). Four other people were injured, the state government said in a statement.

The motive for the killings was unclear, the spokesman said.The man the gunmen were seeking was identified as the owner of a bar in the city, the state government said. The attack took place during a family celebration.It was not immediately clear if the man owned the bar where the attack occurred, nor whether he was present at the time.

Hugo Gutierrez, the head of public security in the state, said on Twitter that an operation had been launched to capture the people responsible for the killings.The oil-rich state of Veracruz has been convulsed by gang violence and political corruption scandals for several years.

Lopez Obrador took office in December vowing to reduce violence in Mexico, where more than 200,000 people have been killed since the end of 2006 in brutal turf wars between drug cartels and their clashes with security forces.

After reaching record levels in 2018, murder rates have stayed high, surpassing previous-year levels in the first three months of the new government, official government data shows.The president was due to visit Veracruz on Sunday, according to an official schedule published before the attack took place.

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Seconds from death: How boda boda mechanic escaped Wajir terror attack

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Josphat Kinyili, 28, was one of the lucky survivors of last week’s terror attack in Wajir that left eight dead. The father of one had traveled to Wajir for the first time on November 22, after a man he met in Eastleigh offered him a job at a newly opened motorcycle garage up north.

He had met the man only identified as Chairman while running his own garage in Eastleigh. Chairman persuaded him to close it down as he would offer him a permanent job with a monthly salary.

Good deal

Kinyili demanded a Sh20,000 monthly salary, but chairman negotiated it downward. Eventually, they agreed on Sh12,000. To sweeten the deal, Kinyili would also be allowed to make money on the side by repairing motorcycles while still working for Chairman.

It was a good deal, he told investigators.Three days after he started working in Wajir, his grandmother died in Machakos.He asked his employer for some time off work to travel to Machakos for the burial. As agreed with his boss, he boarded the bus to Mandera on the night of December 5.

While in Eastleigh, he met Chairman’s brother who asked him to buy some motorcycle spare parts and deliver them to the garage in Wajir.The man also asked him to constantly update him on the journey by calling every time the bus stopped.

The bus made a stopover at Katulo area just a kilometre from where the travelers encountered the gunmen who killed the eight people, all from non-local communities.While he had been in constant communication with both Chairman and his brother through phone calls, they both refused to pick his calls just before they were attacked.

He called the two men at least five times but none of them answered.At around 5pm as the bus was approaching Kotulo, a man of Somali origin dressed in uniform resembling that of Kenya Forest Service, flagged down the bus.He was not armed. He walked into the bus as if he was conducting an inspection then walked out. Barely a kilometre later, the bus was flagged down by seven people dressed in uniform resembling those of KDF officers. They were armed with AK47s.

Two of the men in KDF uniforms walked in and ordered all passengers to alight. One by one, the passengers disembarked, with those seated at the front stepping out first.It is only after he heard them shout at passengers to lie down that he realised that the men dressed in security officers’ uniforms were not KDF soldiers or police officers but criminals.They spoke in Kiswahili, ordering the passengers to lie down on their stomach.

They were put in two groups — locals on one side and non-locals on the other. Kinyili said he tried to squeeze himself into a seat where a group of local women were hiding but they ordered him to leave.Eventually, he had to disembark.

Outside, he saw one of the armed men filming the events as they unfolded. With another man who he later came to learn was a police officer, he ended up on the group of locals before one of the gunmen ordered them to leave and join the group of non-locals.It was while walking to join the non-locals that he splintered into the bush to save his dear life. The armed men shot at him three times.

Luckily, none of the bullets hit him.Inside the bushes, Kinyili met a policeman who had jumped out the window.

They walked for about five kilometres in the thickets as they sought help.At around 6.30pm, they saw a lorry ferrying miraa coming from the opposite direction and waved at the driver to stop. After listening to their story, the driver drove off.

They eventually got help at around 7pm when they saw a KDF lorry headed on the direction of the attack.

They flagged it down and the KDF officers allowed them to board. They were booked into a lodging and were airlifted to Nairobi the following day.

By Standard

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Man kills self over Sh500 medical fee

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A man in Likoni Mombasa on Friday committed suicide after his family refused to assist him with Sh500 for a medical test.

Mr. Kevin Majiwa, 37, hanged himself at their home in Zamzam area. He left a six-page suicide note citing how his family had failed to look after him over the period he had been sick.

A suicide note was found in his room. Kevin wrote his family turned down his request for Sh500 to go for a haemogram test. He also blamed his siblings for abandoning him.  In the note, he thanked doctors, friends and neighbors whom he said had been there for him.

Investigations into the incidence have been started by the Likoni Sub County Police Commander Jane Munywoki.

The body was taken to the Coast General Hospital mortuary in Mombasa Island.

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Government raises concern over preference for elderly night guards

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Government authorities have raised concern over an increase in the employment of elderly persons as night guards in Vihiga after it appeared that many traders, premise owners and institutions in the county prefer the elderly persons to the youth.

The county authorities are of the view that business owners would better hire the youth who are more energetic.

County Commissioner Mr. Ochillo Oyugi expressed this concern amid rising insecurity cases that have seen the elderly night guards attacked on several occasions.

Numerous elderly guards are reported to have encountered severe injuries following attacks when on duty. Some have died in a spate of incidents in the county in the year.

Earlier this year, five night guards – all aged above 60 years – were attacked and killed by a gang at the Kilingili market.

The government feels it is the high time traders across the county started employing younger people for the job.

“I call on traders to employ young, energetic guards and not the elderly people,” said Mr. Oyugi, who also asked traders to install CCTV cameras on their premises.

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