25 April 2014

Kenya: Police Arrest Owner of Car in Pangani Blast, Two Other Suspects

The owner of a vehicle used in a car bomb outside Pangani Police Station Wednesday night was brought before a court in Nairobi on Friday (April 25th), but did not enter a plea to any charges, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

The white Toyota, stopped by traffic police for erratic behaviour and then escorted to the police station where it exploded, killing two officers and two suspected terrorists, was registered in 2000 to Ahmed Dugal Ali, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority.

Two other accomplices, Abziazi Bulle Ali and Mohamed Abdullahi Salir, allegedly relatives to one of the suicide bombers, also appeared in court.

Ali said he voluntary went to the police after he found out that his car was used in the attack.

Corporal Cyrus Ikade of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit requested the suspects remain in custody for 10 more days to allow more time for investigations and the court remanded the three suspects to the Muthaiga Police Station.

The officers killed in the blast were identified as Starehe Division constables Francis Murage and Samuel Cheptuk, according Kenya's The Standard.

Four US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) officials accompanied Kenyan detectives combing the scene of the blast to collect evidence they said would help establish the origin and type of explosives used.

Detectives are still seeking the intended target of the car bomb and are working on several theories, including one that the car was headed to a live television programme which Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Joseph ole Lenku were expected to attend.

Meanwhile, Fafi District Commissioner Geoffrey Taragon said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) vehicle hijacked by three armed men Wednesday morning was recovered later that day.

"Our officers managed to recover the vehicle at 5pm after a hot pursuit of the militia men who were determined to cross over with it to Somalia," Taragon told Kenya's The Star.

The vehicle was fitted with a tracking device, which police used to find it abandoned in Ruka, 70 kilometres from Hagadera camp and five kilometres from Somalia.

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