Kenyan police nab two terrorists in border town
24 August 2015, 21:39
Garissa - Kenyan police arrested
two terror suspects after foiling a major terror attack in northeastern border
town of Garissa.
Interior security ministry said on Sunday the police also
recovered a cache of firearms and grenades from the duo in an operation in
Garissa town in the past two days.
"There is an ongoing operation to nail and arrest the
accomplices. The operation is to tame a terrorist plan. Security agencies have
recovered a cache of firearms and explosives," the ministry said.
The weapons included seven assorted pistols and three
grenades and were hidden in a house that the suspects had hired.
According to police, the weapons were sent there by a terror
cell in neighboring Somalia and were to be used in attacks at undisclosed
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Al-Shabaab militants have vowed to stage more attacks on
Kenya after the east African nation soldiers made cross border incursion into
southern Somalia in 2011 to flush out the insurgents it blamed for kidnappings
But Kenya's security officials have pointed at a possibility
that other interests were orchestrating the attacks under the guise of
Al-Shabaab, which usually claim responsibility for such attacks.
The arrest came after the African Union and Somali forces
have increased air strikes in southern Somalia which borders Kenya's
northeastern region in operations that has seen the AU forces capture several
The ministry said a special team of detectives from Nairobi
that had been tipped off of the whereabouts of the weapons staged the raid on
Saturday morning and arrested the two.
Another suspect linked to the recovery is on the run and
officials are hunting him, police said.
Interior Ministry said the plot to attack Kenyans was
hatched from Somalia but facilitators were within the country.
The arrest followed a continuous investigations and
monitoring of a terror cell that has been planning an attack in Kenya. The plan
was to attack a crowd using pistols and grenades.
Officials aware of the plans refused to disclose the
targeted places. Security checks have been mounted on the Nairobi-Garissa
highway to nab more suspects and weapons.
The operation started on Saturday morning when police
arrested a wanted suspect on a bus in Madogo area.
The officers said the suspect had been to Dadaab refugee
camp posing as a refugee and that he was a marked gun runner. No weapon was
found on him then but he led the officers to the hideout.
Police are on alert and have been mobilized to tame the gun
merchants who are determined.