Kenyan police have arrested three suspected terrorists as they were planning to fly to Somalia, police officials said. The three suspects who were on board a plane that is carrying aid to Somalia attempted to fly to Mogadishu and were arrested at Wilson airport.
The suspects identified as Suleman Essa a Somali-American citizen, who is on a terror watch list, Canadian Ahmed Ali Hassan and Kenyan Muhammed Hussein Hash, according to AP.
A local Capital fm quoted a police source as saying “The three suspects are being questioned to establish their activities in the country. They are being investigated over terrorism activities.”
“There are no specific charges against these three, but they are under investigation. We will let you know of the progress and if they will be charged in court,” the Radio source added.
Nicholas Kamwende, the chief of Kenya’s anti-terrorism police arm, confirmed the arrests but refused more details, AP news agency reported.
Kenyan police also detained other four suspects in the port town of Mombasa lasy week.
Last week, a Somali-Australian citizen, who was suspected of terrorism links, escaped from Kenya police custody at a border police station.
Immigration officers said the man, who was arrested on March 13 at the Busia border post in western Kenya, was missed last week, before the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit came from Nairobi to interview him.
Three police officers and two Busia businessmen were arrested for links with the suspect’s escape, the Kenya Daily nation reported.
The police officers are suspected of having received cash from the suspect to release him. The man had $3 400 (Sh258 400) on him when he was seized just after crossing the Uganda border, Daily nation published.
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