Two suspects arrested over 14 Riverside Drive attack

January 16, 2019 3:30 pm
An injured member of the Kenyan security forces is evacuated from the scene of the attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi/AFP

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – Two people described by police as key suspects have been arrested as detectives swung into action following the terror attack at the 14 Riverside Drive complex where 14 people were killed.

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said that the suspects were arrested in Eastleigh and Ruaka where one of the attackers lived.

“We have arrested two suspects,” Kinoti told Capital FM News on telephone, “these are principal suspects who are being interrogated over the attack.”

Police have identified a house on the outskirts of Nairobi where one of the terrorists captured in CCTV footage from the Dusit terror attack lived.

A combined team of officers from various units were conducting a raid at the house in Ruaka, where one of the attackers identified as Farouk is said to have been living and housed others.

Locals said they identified the man after CCTV footage from the attack was circulated on social media.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet later urged members of the public not to panic on hearing explosions from the complex where police were undertaking a clearance exercise.

He said Bomb Squad Unit officers would be detonating grenades left behind by the slain terrorists.

He also confirmed that the number of terrorists who staged the attack were five and are all dead.

One of the attackers blew himself upon arrival, while four were killed by police.

“There were five attackers and all of them are no more,” Boinnet said.

A senior police source said they included a suicide bomber, two killed Tuesday night and another two killed by security forces on Wednesday morning.

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