Kenyan police arrest 2 terror suspects in border town
MANDERA, Kenya, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police are interrogating two suspects they believe are behind a recent surge in criminal activities in the northern region which borders Somalia.
Mandera County Police Commander Noah Mwivanda said the two were arrested in Lafey town when they were en route to Mandera town to commit terrorist activities.
Mwivanda said that the two who were in a local bus company from Nairobi appeared suspicious, prompting a tip-off to the police who moved swiftly to arrest them.
"One of our police officers was in the said bus and according to him any time the bus neared a police roadblock one of the suspects Yunis Mohammed Osman would hide under a bus seat by the other suspect Mahabubu Aden Adow, a Kenyan, which made the officer to inform the area police chief for arrest," Mwivanda said in Mandera on Tuesday.
According to Mwivanda, the Lafey police made a chase and stopped the bus and after ordering everybody outside for a thorough check, the two were arrested as one of them lacked identification documents.
Yunis, who is a refugee was on the run from Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa, had gone to stay in Nairobi with Adow.
According to the police boss, Adow had earlier been charged with terror related activities and had been freed on a 2,300 U.S. dollars bond.
The two will be arraigned in the Mandera law courts with Adow being charged for aiding an alien to escape police dragnet and Yunis being in the country illegally.
Meanwhile, anti-terrorism police officers are holding a Tanzanian national arrested in Mandera town en route to Somalia.
A source in the unit told journalists Mbaraka Omar Ramadhani had evaded police roadblocks in Nairobi, Garissa and Wajir.
"Acting on a tip-off, we managed to nab him before he could get into Somalia and he has confessed being an Al-Shabaab member," said the source who sought anonymity for fear of being victimized.
Mandera town has experienced a series of bomb, grenade and gun attacks for the past three weeks blamed on Somalia nationals who crossed the porous border through Bulla Hawa.
Kenya has heightened security around the country with security agencies at an unprecedented state of alert after latest reports that Al-Shabaab plans more attacks against Kenya and foreign interests in the country.
Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in October 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.
Several attacks believed to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even as the military reports gains against the Islamist group by capturing their military bases and killing scores of them.