Police hunt for more suspects after 8 seized
They have been aiding attackers, while others are among hit squads, says Shisia
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.
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