THE anti-terrorism police in Mombasa have released a Scotsman they had arrested on suspicions of terrorism, after they established his South African passport was genuine. This comes only hours after German terror suspect, Emrah Erdogan, was arrested in Tanzania, with sources claiming that there was a possibility that he may have been hiding in Mombasa, before crossing over through the LungaLunga border.
While urging Kenyans to be vigilant since there are some foreigners in the country, who may be working closely with the Al-Shabaab, the Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) boss, Njeru Mwaniki, said security should be paramount in all places. He confirmed the recent entry and capture of major towns in Somali, occupied by Al-Shabaab, by the Kenya Defence Forces, is the main reason why there are 'suspicious' foreigners have influxed major cities in Kenya. "We are always on alert to ensure that we check security within all areas, that is why we may interrogate 'suspicious' characters, especially after being tipped by the public," he said.
A senior security officer, who did not want to be quoted due to the sensitivity of the matter, confirmed that Erdogan will be deported to Germany, where an arrest warrant had been issued against him. "Since he was arrested in Tanzania, Kenya may not have any jurisdiction to charge him, it is the Tanzanian government and the German one, facilitating the process, but what we can confirm is that Kenya issued an alert, when he was spotted on our soil," said the source.
The source further said the suspect is facing international terrorism charges, thus, an arrest warrant had been issued against him. Over the release of the Scottish, who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon from a house behind No Maneno supermarket situated along Digo road, within the central business district, police said they had established he was a businessman frequently working in Dubai, and his family was in Mombasa.