24 July 2012

Kenya: Two Charged Over Grenades in Kitale

Two terrorist suspects were yesterday arraigned at a Kitale court for being in possession of two hand grenades. Abraham Kemoi and Caleb Onyango appeared before chief Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru. The prosecutor Obed Ndumbi told the court that the two were on 21st July arrested at a Kitale guest house in a possession of the two ammunition. The lawyer of the suspected criminals Eliud Melly asked the court to release his clients on bond saying it was their constitutional right.

The prosecutor requested the two be held Kitale police cells for five days to pave way for further investigations. Gicheru said he would make a ruling of the case today at 3 PM. The two were arrested by police on Saturday evening at Kitale guest house when they were a plan to transport the two grenades to Nairobi. The management of the guest house at section six estate in the outskirts of the town tipped the police who then arrested the two.

National Security Intelligence Service and anti-terrorism police were sent to Trans-Nzoia to interrogate the two al shaabab suspects who had planned to bomb a church in Nairobi last Sunday. They were planning to bomb a church in Nairobi and a night club in Kitale town. The team took over from Kitale's criminal investigation department and is expected to establish the supply of ammunitions and recruitment of the al shaabab soldiers. Mr Wachira said initial investigations revealed that the two including one who escaped are Kenyans citizens who have joined al shaabab. CID disclosed that the suspects are believed to be sourcing ammunitions from Uganda.

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