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Senate staff arrested over Al Shabaab links

27 April 2015, 18:47 William Korir

Nairobi - A Senate staff member has been arrested over plans to attack the National Assembly in cahoots with the Al Shabaab terror group.

The staff member identified by police and taken in for questioning is said be associated with Pumwani’s Riyadh mosque which has previously been linked to terror activities in the country.

" The group (Al-Shabaab) wants to use an operative who is affiliated to Pumwani Riyadh Mosque who is also a staff member at the Senate to actualise the attack," Central OCPD Paul Wanjama wrote in a letter to the Officer commanding Parliament Police Station.

Al Shabaab is said to have intended to plant a bomb within Parliament buildings according to intelligence reports in the hands of News24.

According to police, the suspect is named Ali Abdulmajid and is the vice chairman of the management committee of the Pumwani mosque.

Abdulmajid has worked in Parliament for more than eight years.

This is not the first time his name has popped up in an intelligence report, it has been announced.

He was named in the 2011 United Nations monitoring group on Eritrea and Somalia as being linked to terror activities.

The development came in the wake of reports that several key installations in Nairobi are being targetted for terror attacks including parliament buildings by the Al Shabaab.

Abdulmajid is being held at the Kilimani Police Station in Nairobi.

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