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Eastleigh cleric arrested, hand grenades recovered

02 April 2014, 11:25 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A few hours after the death of muslim cleric Sheikh Abubakar Alias Makaburi in Mombasa, police arrested another one in Eastleigh Nairobi for possession of hand grenades.

Sheikh Mahat Omar, who is based in the sprawling suburb was arrested early Wednesday morning by police who conducted a raid at his house.

Following a tip off, police raided his house at approximately 01.15 AM and found two hand grenades in his sitting room.

He was in the company of his wife.

Nairobi police commander Benson Kibue confirmed the incident and said that there were further arrests made in Eastleigh following the Monday night terror attack which left six people dead and scores injured.

" The couple have been arrested and are helping with interrogations, as are the others who were picked up in the area, he said.

He did not however specify the action that would be taken on the couple as well as the others arrested during the swoop.

He did however deny that the government was arresting innocent Kenyans during the swoops, saying that the arrests are driven by concrete information.

Mahat's arrest comes just a few hours after the murder of Makaburi in Mombasa outside the Shanzu Law Courts in Mombasa by unknown gunmen.

Makaburi was buried at midnight in accordance with islamic traditions.

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