The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Embu Man Arrested With Bomb Making Chemicals

Police in Mbeere North on Thursday night arrested a 35 year old man with a chemical and gadgets which are believed to be materials manufacture bombs.

Wilson Maina Mutahi was arrested at around 11pm at Quetu Bar at Kathetu Village, Riandu Location by Siakago police officers.

He was apprehended through the help of the owner of the bar who is a Nairobi criminal Investigation officer.

According to the Mbeere North Administration Police boss Ahmed Abdile, Mutahi went to the bar and drunk until the closing hour of 11pm.

Speaking at the Siakago Police station while accompanied by OCS Elikim Silgich Abdile said the bar proprietor started asking the remaining patrons to leave and that Mutahi also started leaving.

The AP police boss said that as Mutahi was leaving the CID officer from Nairobi who was reportedly on off duty became suspicious of Mutahi and decided to screen him.

Abdile said the CID was surprised to find that the patron had what according to his knowledge was 1/4kg of Potassium nitrate which is used to manufacture bomb, accompanied by detonators.

He said that such chemicals which look like flour are usually used by terrorists to manufacture Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) which have been used in some parts of the country.

Abdile said the CID officer quickly alerted Siakago police Officers who rushed to the bar and arrested the suspect.

The AP boss said that the suspect was being held at the Siakago Police station where he was being interrogated to enable the police know the source of the items and their intended purpose.

Abdile said the suspect claims that he bought the items at Runyenjes Town with the purpose of drilling a borehole with the materials.

He said that samples of the chemical would be sent to the government chemists for examination. He added that the chemicals are also used for quarrying but that they are supposed to be sold under a lot of restrictions and by licensed dealers.

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