NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Four people were on Wednesday charged with terrorism at a Mandera quarry in December last year, which left 36 people dead.
Abubakar Salim Kitonga, Maslah Daud Hassan, Musa Daud Hassan and Shukri Abdi Salat were arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi where they denied the charges.
The charge sheet read: “On December 2, 2014 at Koromey Quarry in Mandera jointly with others not before the court, you carried out a terrorism act which resulted in death.”
Three of them (Maslah Daud Hassan, Musa Daud Hassan and Shukri Abdi Salat) who are Somali nationals faced a separate charge of being in the country illegally.
Kitonga was also charged with being in possession of materials, including a mobile phone which he used in instigating the terrorism act.
The court will rule on their bail application on Thursday after the prosecution objected to their release, saying they are a flight risk.
Thirty six people were executed on the morning of December 2 last year, when gunmen raided Koromey quarry near the Somalia border, just weeks after 28 others were killed while travelling to Nairobi.
The attack that took place about 15 kilometers away from Mandera Town targeted quarry workers who were ambushed in the early morning massacre.
According to police reports, the 36 men were ordered to lie down before they were shot at close range by the gunmen who were about 20.
The massacre came in the wake of other attacks including that in Mpeketoni which left over 60 people dead.