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Government bars media houses from showing Shabaab video

25 June 2015, 17:14 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has barred local media houses from showing a video allegedly taken by slain British terrorist Thomas Evans in which members of the Shabaab are engaged in battle with Kenya Defence Forces KDF soldiers.

The video has been circulating online in some foreign online media houses in which Evans is seen recording action before and during an attack in which members of the Shabaab attempted to attack a KDF base in Lamu.

Nkaissery said Thursday in a press release that any media house showing the video would be breaking the law by publishing material that could most likely be taken as a piece of Shabaab propaganda by members of the public that view it.

" It has come to my knowledge that some extremely inflammatory video clips allegedly shot by members of the Al Shabaab militia attacking a KDF base in Baure Lamu are circulating online and and that some media houses might be tempted to air it," he said.

" I wish to point out that the airing or online sharing of the video contravenes section 33(3) of the Constitution and is also contrary to the provisions of the Kenya Information and Communications Act."

" Therefore I caution media houses, online bloggers and others who share or air the content that the government will take severe legal measures against anyone who jeopardizes the country's national security by publishing or distributing the said material,"Nkaissery warned.

The video tape was allegedly found on the body of the killed Evans.

The footage shows a fierce gun battle between al-Shabaab and the Kenyan Defence Force that ended in the deaths of 11 jihadis last week, including the 25-year-old Briton who is originally from Wooburn Green in Buckinghamshire.

The terrorists are seen preparing to launch their assault on a Kenyan army base in Lamu County. Evans, who changed his name to Abdul Hakim, is laughing and embraces his fellow fighters.

The fighting footage shows Evans shouting orders he was reportedly the group’s second-in-command and the moment that he is struck by the bullet that killed him as the jihadis are overrun by Kenyan soldiers.

2 KDF soldiers also died in the attack.

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