10 April 2012

Kenya: Case of British Terror Suspect Starts in City

Photo: Norbert Allan
British terror suspect Jermaine Grant.

A group of thugs raided an administration police post in Wajir and freed three prisoners among them a Briton facing terror charges, a court heard yesterday.

According to a police Constable Fredrick Otieno who was testifying in a case against British national Jermaine Grant, the thugs ambushed the camp on the same day grant was arrested with a mission of setting free the suspects.

"I saw someone carrying an AK47 rifle. He cocked it and fired. I realized they were many of them. They took my firearm and i was also assaulted," he said.

Otieno further told the court that he however managed to escape and run to the nearest bush. He then heard cries of help coming from the camp and when he came out from hiding, one of their men was shot and wounded.

Fredrick had been sent by his seniors to go to Dajabula camp to pick some prisoners. He was in the company of three other armed police officers when they were ambushed by the said assailants.

Another officer told the court that on 2 June the Dajabula camp was raided by unknown attackers.

And on arrival they established that three prisoners who had been arrested by police were freed by those attackers and made away with the police van, and g3 riffles. According to him the prisoners were heading to a nearby town in Somalia for business mission.

There were also a series of gunshots from the scene of crime followed by voices saying "Allahu Akbar" and "Mungu wangu usiniache". Grant, a 29-year-old British Muslim convert is on trial over multiple counts of robbery with violence.

He is accused of being part of a gang which attacked a polic post in 2008. Grant is the same suspect who is facing a different trial in Mombasa over the 2008 Kenyan bomb plot.

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