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Kenya: Authorities slow to respond to massacre intelligence-Police Source


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A Kenyan police source told CNN on Monday that Kenya was warned of the militant attack on Garissa but took hours to respond. The source said Kenyan authorities received intelligence that a university in Garissa could be attacked, but after the alarm Kenya’s rapid response team was stuck in Kenyan capital, Nairobi for hours arranging for transport.

Without giving explanations on the cause of delay of the Kenyan elite team, the police source told CNN that Kenyan politicians and Nairobi-based journalists arrived on the scene before the team did, and CNN confirmed that journalists on the ground corroborated that report.

Kenyan capital, Nairobi is approximately 370 kilometers or 230 miles west of the attack site. Manoa Esipisu, a spokesman for Kenya's president and deputy president, defended the response time, telling CNN there is always criticism regarding whether "you reacted as fast as you have or shouldn't have." "With the benefit of hindsight you can always say things could have been done better," he said, adding that Kenyan authorities saved a lot of students and "got the job done."

Massacre mastermind

The Kenyan foreign ministry posted on tweeter a reward of 20 million Kenyan shillings, which is about $215,000 on the man who is believed to be the mastermind of Thursday's Kenya university terror attack. "We appeal to anyone with any info on to share with relevant authorities and security agencies," the Interior Ministry.
Kenya’s Interior Ministry posted said Mohamed Mohamud, also known by aliases Dulyadin and Gamadhere is behind Thursday’s attack on a Kenyan University which left some 147 dead.

According to CNN, the document from Kenyan ministry says Mohamud is currently in charge of external operations against Kenya, and he is the regional commander within Al-Shabaab in charge of the Juba region. In this role, he commands the militia along the border and "is responsible for cross-border incursions in the country.
Al-Shabab is well known for its attack on Kenyan soils, with the deadliest being the Westgate mall in Nairobi in 2013, and Somalia's presidential palace, which it attacked twice last year. The group has targeted Kenya in retribution for Kenya sending its troops to Somalia ( Source: Agencies)