21 December 2012

Kenya: Eastleigh Probe Panel Created

A ten-man committee has been established to probe the frequent terror attacks in Eastleigh Estate in Nairobi.

The team was formed after Eastleigh businessmen and government officials held a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday.

Raila told the team of five businesspeople and five government officials to start work immediately. The team will be chaired by PS for Internal Security Mutea Iringo.

"He said: "I urge the business community in Eastleigh to volunteer any information that will enable us to nab the criminals and bring them to book. No ethnic group should be blamed for crimes committed by one of their own," he emphasized.

The chairman of the Eastleigh District Business Association Hassan Guleid acknowledged pledged to cooperate with the team. The meeting was also attended by Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang, his counterpart for Northern Kenya and Arid Lands Mohammed Elmi, the PS for International security Mutea Iringo and the Director General of the National Intelligence Security Agency Major General (Rtd) Michael Gichangi.

Meanwhile, 23 people have been arrested in a police swoop that followed a twin explosion in Pangani estate on Wednesday night. The two blasts occurred outside Alamin Mosque on Chai Road. Two people were injured.

Yesterday, detectives from the anti-terrorism police unit visited the scene. They suspect that the explosive used in the attack was a petrol bomb.

An explosive exploded outside Alamin Mosque while a second explosive believed to be a grenade, exploded a few metres from the mosque.

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