Another Kenyan held over Kampala blasts

September 6, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – An employee of a radio station in Mombasa is being interrogated by anti-terror police officers over alleged links with masterminds of the recent Kampala bombings.

The suspect was handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit in Nairobi on Sunday evening after spending a night in custody in the coastal town.

“The suspect was with us until yesterday [Sunday]. We arrested him on Saturday evening but he has been transferred to Nairobi for further questioning,” Coast Police chief Leo Nyongesa told Capital News on Monday morning.

“He is being investigated over the bombing in Kampala… we received information that he may have played a role and that is what is being established,” he added.

“We have handed him over to the Anti-terrorism police unit department and he is currently in Nairobi,” he said.

He said the suspect was arrested as he left work at the radio station.  “Our officers told him they wanted to question him over the attack and he obliged. That is all I can say for now.”

The father of one works as a producer and part-time presenter at the Coast-based radio station.

He is a resident of Majengo where he has been staying with his wife and child, according to police.

Police did not provide any further details about him only saying “we received information about him and have been trailing him for quite sometime now, we did not know where he worked until last week.”

Police said they wanted to question the suspect in connection with the twin blasts in the Ugandan capital during the 2010 World Cup final match in June.
Seventy-six people were killed and more than 100 others wounded.

In July, three other Kenyans were charged over the bomb attacks.

Hussein Hassan, Mohammed Adan Abdow, and Idris Magondu faced murder and terrorism related charges for their alleged role in the bombings.

They were arraigned before a magistrate’s court but were not required to answer to the charges because the case will be heard by the High Court.

Somalia’s Al Shabab militia has claimed responsibility for the terrorist act in Kampala and has warned of more attacks in other nations supporting the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia or those sending troops there.


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