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CNN goofs on Garissa terror attack story

International broadcaster CNN added another feather to its dubious reputation of inaccurate reporting of events in Africa when it announced to the world that Nairobi is located in Nigeria.

In its coverage of Thursday’s terrorist attack at Garissa University College, the broadcaster aired a live telephone conversation with Arnolda Shiundu of Kenya Red Cross from “Nairobi, Nigeria”.

And that’s not all. CNN had earlier announced – as breaking story –  that Garissa town is on the Kenya-Somalia border.

Garissa is actually located approximately 200 kilometers from the border.


The international broadcaster has been mired in frequent instances of misreporting in Kenya.

After the grenade attack by Al-Shabaab militants at Machakos country bus station in March 2012, in which six people died, CNN screamed that there is ” violence in Kenya.”

This prompted Kenyans on Twitter to respond with the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN”.

Then before the 2013 general election, CNN reporter Nima Elbagir paid actors in a forest, armed them with crude weapons and shot a story on how “Kenyans had armed themselves” in anticipation of post – election violence.

The broadcaster later pulled down the story.

Last year, they wrongly placed Nigeria – Africa’s biggest economy- on the map.

And after the 9/11 attacks by Al-Qaeda operatives, they aired a video of Afghans ‘celebrating’. The video was from archives on an unrelated story.