2 Suspects Found With Explosives in Eldoret

  • The explosive devices recovered following a raid in Eldoret on July 11, 2020.
    The explosive devices recovered following a raid in Eldoret on July 11, 2020.
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  • Officers from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) and the Special Services Unit (SSU), on Saturday evening, July 11, stormed into a suspected terrorist lair in Chepkatet ,Kapseret, Eldoret County and arrested 2 individuals.

    The two, Mohamed Ahmed Bisher (59) and a foreign national Nasanga Ibrahim (68), were found in possession of explosive devices, detonators, detonating cords, safety fuses and boosters.

    "The suspects are in lawful custody as further investigations continue," reads a section of the statement sent out by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) following the raid.

    According to the DCI, the motive of the two individuals is yet to be established.

    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
    Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters along Kiambu Road
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    Kenya lost 83 people in 2019 as a result of terror attacks, a 20% increase from 2018 when such deaths stood at 56.

    This is according to a new report released by the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies (Chrips).

    On January 18, Officers from the ATPU arrested five suspects as they were reportedly carrying out surveillance at Whiskey River Pub along Kiambu Road.

    The suspects were identified as Mohamed Hassan Bario (Somalia national), Mohamed Adan (Kenyan driver), Ms Hodan Abdi Ismail (Somalia national), Ms Ifrah Mohammed Abshir (Somalia national) and Mohamed Abas Mohamud (a US citizen).

    Among the items recovered was a car, one pair of Kenyan Airforce trousers, a jungle T-shirt, a jungle hat and a jungle pair of trousers.

    Following the threat of terror attacks in Kenya, the US, in March 2020, announced the  first ever overseas joint terrorism task force, based in Kenya. 

    The Ksh205 million initiative envisaged a multi-agency partnership between Kenya and the US to form the Kenyan Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF-K).

    George Kinoti, Director of Criminal Investigations, speaking during the JTTF-K launch said that it would give Kenya the ‘upper hand’ at a time when al-Shabaab was entrenching itself and growing more adept at ‘adapting to new technologies’. 

    As part of the joint task force, more than three dozen Kenyan investigators would receive training at the FBI’s specialist academy in Virginia. 

    DCI Director Geroge Kinoti receives the Talino forensics workstation on April 28, 2020.
    DCI Director Geroge Kinoti receives the Talino forensics workstation on April 28, 2020.
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