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NCIC warns Robert Alai against posting pictures of dead police officers

Controversial blogger Robert Alai has been warned against posting the dead bodies of police officers on social media after attacks.

In a press statement issued by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), Alai was ordered to stop circulating the gruesome photos of the Wajir attack on Twitter.

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“The commission strongly condemns the sharing of these photos as it can be construed as glorifying acts of terrorism,” read part of the statement.

NCIC also said the pictures would negatively affect the families of the deceased police officers.

The commission asked Alai to pull down the photos while urging other social media users not to share the said pictures.

“Whereas Mr Alai has the freedom of expression, such publications can be interpreted as propaganda for war which is not protected under the Constitution of Kenya,” said the NCIC.

The National Police Service also warned blogger Alai.

Mr Alai has responded to the statement saying the NCIC is not concentrating on the real issues such as ethnic appointments in government and fights in Mandera.

“Police officers have asked me to help highlight their issues,” said Alai.

Seven officers were killed in the Wajir County attack. The police suspect the Al-Shabaab pioneered in the attack where the police vehicle exploded after it ran over an explosive.

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