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Mwembe Tayari blast victims were not terrorists

07 May 2014, 08:21 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa Woman Representative Mishi Mboko has dismissed recent reports that two youths who died in Saturday's blast at Mwembe Tayari were terrorist linked to the Al shabaab.

Mboko said the deceased were well known matatu touts in Mombasa and the allegations by the government were mere lies.

“We want the government to withdraw its statement and ask for forgiveness from the family of the deceased,” said Mboko.

She said the families of the deceased were living in fear and had received life threats from unknown people.

Her statement came a day after Deputy President William Ruto announced that Jamal Mohammed and Suleiman Mohammed Said were suspected to have been involved in the attack and were among the group of youth arrested at the Masjid Musa raid

However Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa defended the government and insisted investigations were underway.

“There is no need to blame one another whenever a crisis occurs, our security agencies are still conducting investigations that will reveal who were involved,” said Marwa

He said those directing the blame to the government want to shift attention to cover up for those involved.

Marwa said they had consulted with the county government of Mombasa and directed all the public service vehicles to vacate the CBD in a move that will ensure there are no terror tacks targeting bus stops

“The buses will only be allowed in the CBD to pick and drop passengers,” said Marwa.

He urged the residents to cooperate with the police to ensure that all criminals are brought to book.

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