Sec­ondary school leavers be­hind Mom­basa at­tack

Three fe­male ter­ror sus­pects, one with a UK pass­port, lived in rented flat in Old Town

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - CALVIN ONSARINGO @TheS­tarKenya

De­tec­tives have in­ten­si­fied in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Sun­day foiled ter­ror­ist at­tack on the Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion in Mom­basa. It has emerged two of three women at­tack­ers killed at­tempt­ing to storm the sta­tion sat their KCSE exam re­cently.

Lead in­ves­ti­ga­tors have termed the botched at­tack as com­plex, with the pos­si­bil­ity of Is­lamic State in­volve­ment. Ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence re­ports, Tasnim Fara and Fa­tuma Omar, who come from Ki­bokoni, sat their KCSE exam last year and 2013 re­spec­tively.

Fara was a hum­ble stu­dent at Qubaa Sec­ondary School in King’orani, while Omar stud­ied at Coast Girls. De­tails of their per­for­mance re­main scanty.

Po­lice are analysing their pass­ports, with re­ports in­di­cat­ing one of the women, who is yet to be iden­ti­fied, is a So­mali na­tional but holds a UK pass- port. Po­lice sus­pect she might have been rad­i­calised on­line by ISIS.

Anti-ter­ror po­lice and the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice of­fi­cers ques­tioned three women ac­com­plices – Saeda Haji, Naema Ahmed and Shukri Haji – who were traced to Ki­bokoni. They are So­ma­lia refugees. Mom­basa county com­man­der Peter­son Maelo said the three are yet to dis­close any cru­cial in­for­ma­tion.

/REUTERS

Po­lice of­fi­cers and ex­plo­sives ex­perts se­cure the Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion in Mom­basa af­ter an at­tack on Sun­day

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