Police Find Photos of Key Buildings From Suspected Terrorist

  • A police officer carrying a gun during a past operation.
    A police officer carrying a gun during a past operation.
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  • Police in Nairobi, on Monday 25, arrested a man suspected to be a member of the Al Shabaab militia group.

    According to KBC, the man was nabbed by officers while taking photos of a Makongeni Police Station motor vehicle registration number GK A 318.

    Police moved to confiscate the suspect's mobile phone and unravelled what appears to be an information-gathering activity from the suspect.  

    Police officers manning a house.
    Police officers manning a house.
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    The officers retrieved photos of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the Israeli Embassy building, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Headquarters in Kiambu and Jogoo Road Police Station.

    A further dive into the phone's storage by the police revealed photos of what appeared to be a training exercise of suspected Al Shabaab insurgents, members of the public who appear to have been forced to lie on the ground, armoured vehicles carrying armed personnel suspected to be members of the Al Shabaab militia group.

    The police also retrieved a video from the suspect's phone, showing him torturing another unknown person.

    The 34-year-old man was arrested and escorted to the Anti-terrorism Police Unit (APTU) headquarters for further questioning regarding the motive behind the pictures.

    The incident comes at the back of a series of Al Shabaab related attacks in the country, a majority of them in Kenya's North-Eastern region.  

    On January 19, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers arrested a suspected Al Shabaab mastermind Abdullahi Dimbil Ahmed, who was wanted for a long time.

    Dimbil is believed to have organised the 2015 Mandera bus raid which left two dead and others injured. 

    In conjunction with security forces from Jubaland, the suspect was arrested outside the Jubaland Security Forces (JSF) camp in Southern Somalia.

    Director of Counter-Terrorism, National Security and Intelligence Analysis David Goldman told the media that Dimbil is a resident of Kutulo area in Wajir County.

    He was said to be the financier of terror activities and held hundreds of thousands in revenue for the outlawed organisation. 

    Police on standby to confront attackers at the Dusit D2 terrorist attack
    Police on standby to confront attackers at the Dusit D2 terrorist attack
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