Po­lice hunt for more sus­pects af­ter 8 seized

They have been aid­ing at­tack­ers, while oth­ers are among hit squads, says Shisia

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Eight ter­ror sus­pects have been ar­rested in Man­dera in con­nec­tion with two al Shabaab at­tacks that claimed 18 lives, county com­mis­sioner Fredrick Shisia said yes­ter­day. Five were ar­rested af­ter six peo­ple were killed at a res­i­den­tial build­ing on Oc­to­ber 6, while three oth­ers were held af­ter 12 peo­ple were slain at Bishaaro Lodge on Oc­to­ber 25.

“Our in­tel­li­gence forces have es­tab­lished the sus­pects have been aid­ing at­tack­ers, while oth­ers are among the hit squad. We will bring all of them to jus­tice,” Shisia said. He ad­dressed the press yes­ter­day. Shisia said se­cu­rity agents are round­ing up the sus­pects.

On Thurs­day last week, Man­dera anti-ter­ror po­lice re­ceived a court or­der to de­tain a man sus­pected of aid­ing the Tues­day morn­ing ter­ror at­tack at Bishaaro. The of­fi­cers told the court they be­lieve Ab­di­rah­man Ali, 21, gave the at­tack­ers in­for­ma­tion about the num­ber of ho­tel oc­cu­pants and se­curi- ty ar­range­ments of the po­lice and KDF.

The court heard that Ab­di­rah­man, the ho­tel’s care­taker, did not sleep at the premises on the night of the at­tack. The pros­e­cu­tion said this in­di­cates he was aware the at­tack­ers would strike but did not warn se­cu­rity agents.

Pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel Alene Mu­lama told the court the in­ves­ti­ga­tions are wide in scope and in­volve a team from the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice and the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment.

/JOSEPH NDUNDA

A woman is con­soled at Chi­romo Mor­tu­ary af­ter view­ing the body of a rel­a­tive killed in a ter­ror ambush in Man­dera dawn on Oc­to­ber 25. Twelve peo­ple died

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