Kenyan sleuths step up bomb probe

July 18, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 18- A pastor and an accomplice arrested on Saturday after they were allegedly found with materials capable of making an explosive device were on Sunday handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).

The two were seized by police on patrol in Nairobi\’s Runda estate after a tip off.

The Pastor who is a member of the Mission Church and his accomplice are now being questioned by detectives of the Nicholas Kamwende led team.

The ATPU detectives are seeking to know why they were carrying a substance believed to be ammonium nitrate, a detonator and a safety fuse.

The Anti-terror detectives also want to know their motives and establish whether they had other accomplices.

Civil society activists on Sunday commended the police for making the arrests.

"We don\’t know what they were up to but what we are asking if for Kenyans to be vigilant and to start fighting this culture of hypocrisy and embrace the truth," said Name and Shame Corrupt Networks Spokesman Benji Ndolo.

The incident comes a month after grenades were hurled at a crowd at Uhuru Park attending a prayer crusade for those opposed to the proposed constitutions which lead to the death of six people.

The incident also follows an expose in one of the local dailies which showed that materials used to make bombs are easily accessible in the city and at affordable costs.

The government has beefed up security in the country after last week\’s twin blasts in Uganda that killed 76 people who were watching the World Cup final on television.


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