Journalist James Oduor, dies in terrorist bombing in Kenya

Journalist James Oduor, dies in terrorist bombing in Kenya

A Kenyan sports journalist and LG Electronics employee, James Oduor aka ‘Cobra’, is among those who have been confirmed dead following Tuesday, January 15, 2019 terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya.

Oduor worked at LG Company in the Customer Service Department situated at 14 Riverside in Nairobi, understands.

When the attacks began, the journalist was trapped inside the offices. His tweet, which sadly was his last, read: “What’s happening at 14 Riverside fam? Any news from out there?”

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An official of the Kenya Football Federation, Nick Mwendwa, led tributes for the man described by sports journalists as a ‘ray of hope’ in Kenyan football.

It is reported that January 15, 2019 was also his birthday. He is survived by his wife and one child.

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Some Ghanaian media outlets have published misleading reports that Odour was a Ghanaian national. But can confirm that he is indeed a Kenyan.

This is the second major terrorist attack to hit Kenya in five years. The first deadly attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi killed many people, including popular Ghanaian poet, Prof Kofi Awoornor.

Earlier, reported that heavy gunshots and explosions rocked Riverside Drive in Nairobi, following a terror attack at the luxurious DusitD2 hotel.

At least three cars were reduced to ashes while scores were injured following the attack.

It comes on the anniversary of El Ade attack that claimed lives of many Kenyan soldiers in Somalia.

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