Anti-terror police kill suspect related to Mombasa explosions
Monday, October 29, 2012
MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Omar Faraj, the suspect who was related to the Wednesday explosions that has killed a police officer and two other suspects, was killed by police that raided his house here at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, said the police.
Regional police chief Aggrey Adoli said the suspect was being trailed by detectives by special team of detectives from Nairobi city.
Situation is currently tense with fears of retaliation attacks in the area which is Muslim dominant.
The police also arrested a terror suspect in Coastal town of Mariakani and recovered firearms and grenades on Saturday.
Country head of anti-terrorism unit Njeru Mwaniki said the suspect was arrested in a passenger bus christened Mesina heading to the coastal city of Mombasa.
"We recovered two grenade, 35 rounds of ammunition and AK-47 assaulted rifle," Mwaniki told Xinhua on phone, adding that they were still holding him for further interrogation.
The suspect identified as Titus Nyabiswa, a Muslim convert from western Kenya, was also found in possession of bomb detonators.
He was arrested by highway patrol officers manning a police road block along in the area before he was handed to the anti- terrorism police unit.
He was trailed by detectives from special crime prevention unit Nairobi after boarding the bus from Nairobi on Saturday morning.
"The anti-terrorism police unit has now taken over the case with hopes that the suspect will lead them to his hideouts.
"We will inform you once we make more recoveries," said Adoli.
He announced that security forces had increased surveillance and urged the public to be on the look out for people with ulterior motives.
Police say the suspect and his accomplices were planning to carry out an imminent terror attack in Kenya’s second-largest city of Mombasa that has in the past been hit by a wave of grenade attacks.
It was the major breakthrough in the war against terrorism in Kenya amid reports of planned terror attacks since the liberation of Somalia port of Kismayo by Kenyan Defense Forces (KDF), said Mwaniki.
He told Xinhua that hundreds of Kenyan youths and foreigners who had joined the Al-Shabab group have sneaked into the country to carryout sporadic attacks in public places and churches in cities like Mombasa and Nairobi .
"We have details and pictures of some of Kenyans who joined Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group and have been linked to a number of terror activities," said Mwaniki.