4 February 2014

Kenya Charges Four Over JKIA Explosion

Four Somali nationals appeared in court Tuesday (February 4th) to face charges of an alleged attack at a cafe at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, which police had initially dismissed as an exploding light bulb.

The four men, Hassan Abdi Mohamed, Mohamed Osman Ali, Yusuf Warsame and Garad Hassan Fer, pleaded not guilty to the charges, Kenya's The Standard reported.

Their pleas were deferred from Monday because the accused indicated they did not understand English or Swahili and needed a translator.

Anti-terrorism police officer Leonard Bwire said the four suspects were charged with having "planned and executed" a failed attack on the cafe at airport on January 16th, AFP reported. The men also were reportedly arrested in possession of two kilogrammes of explosives.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo had initially denied there had been a blast at JKIA, saying only that "some papers caught fire after a loose light bulb fell into a dustbin that caused panic".

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