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Police trace roots of Mandera 'terrorist'

02 February 2015, 17:58 William Korir

Nairobi - The man believed to be behind the terrorist attacks in Mandera last year which saw 62 people killed has been detained for a further 30 days by a Nairobi court.

Abubakar Saalim Kitonga who is believed to have helped the terrorists who went through with the attacks complete their job was detained by a Nairobi magistrate to allow police complete investigations.

As a result, he will spend the 30 days in remand and if need be, spend a further 14 days to allow police complete their investigations.

Kitonga is accused of helping terrorists kill 28 persons on a bus from Mandera to Nairobi and 33 people in an attack on a quarry 10 days later.

Kitonga was arrested in Mandera last week whilst attempting to travel to Somalia and flown to Nairobi to answer to the charges.

It is understrood that he will be taken back to Mandera and other parts of the country to help the prosecution build the case against him.

" The suspect will be taken back to Mandera to help with investigations and try give us some leverage," an investigator privy to the case told News24.

28 people were first killed when a bus was attacked while on its way to Nairobi from Mandera and 32 others were killed in a quarry ten days later.

The attacks were claimed by the Al Shabaab terror group.

The man was apparently arrested while on his way to Somalia and Police Spokesman Massoud Mwinyi confirmed that he had been arrested and flown to Nairobi to provide answers to the attacks.

" We have caught up with him and he has been flown to Nairobi. We have been following him closely for a while now and we are happy to have him in custody," he said Friday.

Mwinyi urged vigilance from Kenyans as far as terrorism and insecurity is concerned, saying that they are the eyes of the security authorities.

" I urge Kenyans to remain vigilant. We are on high alert and we are doing our best, but we need Kenyans to help us out," he added.

2014 was a tough year for Kenya's fight with terrorism, as over 200 people died in various attacks across the country, a record Mwinyi says the government is working on improving.

" Our efforts to combat crime and particularly terrorism will continue. As law enforcement officers, we will endeavour at all times to ensure that the safety of our citizens remains our number one priority," he added.

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