Seven Dadaab Al Shabaab suspects to be held for 10 days

August 23, 2016 4:09 pm
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The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit said the five refugees at Dadaab camp and two Kenyans are believed to be facilitating terrorism activities within the refugee camp/FILE
The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit said the five refugees at Dadaab camp and two Kenyans are believed to be facilitating terrorism activities within the refugee camp/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 23 – Seven Al Shabaab suspects will be held by police for 10 days to allow completion of investigations.

The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit said the five refugees at Dadaab camp and two Kenyans are believed to be facilitating terrorism activities within the refugee camp.

The refugees Abukar Mohamed Ali, Hishi Mohamed Maow, Dahir Abdile Farah, Habiarimana Desire and Osman Shuaib Abukar together with Abdikarim Noor Ahmed and Samwel Kamau were arrested within Dadaab refugee camp of Garissa County on August 21 and handed over to Anti-terrorism Police Unit.

The suspects who were paraded before Resident Magistrate Elector Riani in Nairobi will be detained for the period sought by the investigation team.

ATPU claims that the five refugees were arrested while on their way to Somalia without authority from relevant refugee management while the two Kenyans are employees of one Alex Mwangi who works within Dadaab camp.

The court heard that the investigating officers want to travel to Wajir and Garissa Counties to conduct further investigations and call data records from Safaricom in respect to them is being analysed and investigating team will come up with concrete report.

According to the police, the suspects are believed to be involved in the logistics and are in constant communication with persons believed to be Al Shabaab adherents in the country.

Several mobile phones which were recovered from the suspects have been forwarded to the ICT forensic lab for analysis.

The seven will be detained at Muthaiga Police Station.

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