CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

20 May 2014

Kenya: SIM Card Holds Key Link to Bombing Suspect - Police

An 18 year old is being held in relation to the public service vehicle blasts that rocked Thika road two weeks ago after detectives probing the case linked him through SIM cards collected at the scene of the explosion.

According to Nairobi News, detectives followed a lead that showed that the teen had received his payment amounting to 220,000 shillings through mobile money using a phone registered to his father.

On arresting the father, he led the detectives to Kiamaiko slums where the boy was nabbed.

The newspaper quoting anonymous sources at the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit says the attackers bought four SIM Cards and registered them in a friend's name on the fateful day to be used by the 18 year old and another accomplice yet to be arrested.

"He has confessed to being involved in the attack targeting the first bus, which occurred opposite Homeland. His accomplice was involved in the one at the Roysambu underpass," the paper quotes a police officer.

This will be a huge win for the communications commission of Kenya which was blamed for not enforcing SIM Card registration following the Westgate Mall attack where terrorists were seen communication via mobile phone with lines that were later discovered to be unregistered.

Following the attack Kenya has stepped up compliance with the registration exercise with the regulator publishing new regulations that make all stakeholders involved in the selling and registration of SIM cards liable for crimes committed because of negligence on their side.

Unlike before every registration also carries the agents details while another requirement stipulates that operators/licensees retain all records for two years after the deactivation of a subscriber.

Apart from Kenya regional SIM card registration negotiations are in progress to curb both insecurity and cyber crime.

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