Police release suspects after terror scare


Four people who were arrested on Friday on suspicion that they were carrying out surveillance on some parts of Mombasa have been released. Their car, which had been impounded, was also released.

Reports indicate police have apologised for holding them for 24 hours on false information collected from Internet chat-rooms. Yesterday, Coast Regional Police Commander Robert Kitur said they were released after Anti-Terrorist Police found they were not linked to terrorism.

“We have released them because there is nothing to link them with terrorism. These are innocent Kenyans who were just going about their business,” said Kitur.

Kitur, however, appealed to residents to volunteer information which can lead to the arrest of eight suspected members of the Al-Shabaab who photographs were published the media yesterday.

The suspects are believed to have returned to the country from Somalia where they underwent training in Al-Shabaab camps.

Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi alias Musa, believed to be commander of the Al Qaeda cell in Coast region, is also reported to be working closely with Mohamed Kuno alias Gamadhere, who is linked to the Thursday massacre at Garissa University college which left 152 dead.

Sulieman Mohamed Awadh is believed to be based in Malindi while Ismael Shosi Mohamed, Abubakar Majani, Hamisi Mwacheti alias Bilal alias Rasta and Mahir Riziki are based in Kwale.

Mwacheti aka Rasta is among the suspects who escaped from Musa mosque in Mombasa last year when police sought him over terrorism claims. Others sought by police are Muumin Abdala Muuminin and Abdalla Salim Marumu.