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Police arrest terror suspect in Mombasa

11 October 2013, 13:15 Rodgers Buluma

Malindi - A terror suspect has been arraigned in the Mombasa law courts after he was found in possession of two grenades at Likoni.

Swalleh Abdul was arrested Thursday by the Likoni police at around 7.30 pm at the Likoni ferry area after they got information from patriotic citizens who were suspicious of him.

Swalleh faces two charges of being illegally in possession of two dangerous weapons (grenades), identification number s/no-86y3 (m-21), and having an intention to commit felony using the weapons.

Appearing before Resident Magistrate Richard Odenyo, the prosecution in the case facing Swalleh asked for extra time to enable further investigations after claims that the suspect might have links to the recent terror attack at Westgate mall in Nairobi.

The prosecution claimed that the man was not a resident of Mombasa and chances of him having links with the terror group that attacked shoppers in Nairobi are high.

The suspect in his statement claimed that police harassed him confiscated his two phones and cash amounting to KES 25 000 and demanded the court to order police to give him back his property.

The court however ordered for the ransom and said the two phones will remain in police custody to help with further investigations.

The arrest comes just two days after a form three student was arrested in Kisauni Mombasa in connection with the same attack, after it was identified that he was communicating with one of the suspects being held in Nairobi.

The court has ordered that the suspect be held in the Makupa police station cells to enable police to conduct further investigations. The police were given four days to carry out the investigations and present their report to court.

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