Officers of the Anti-Terror Police Unit and the National Intelligence Service (NIS) arrested two suspected terrorists at the Likoni ferry crossing point in the mid-morning hours of August 23.
In a tactful operation that caught commuters unawares, they shot in the air while approaching the suspects' car, a white Toyota Probox.
With guns aimed at the vehicle, the two men were fiercely ordered to step out and lie on the ground. The suspects were keen to adhere to the directive. They were immediately blindfolded.
They were then hauled into the back of a government-registered Toyota Landcruiser. Police officers recovered two AK-47 rifles, phones, and ammunition from the boot of their Toyota Probox.A member of Kenya's Anti-Terror Police Unit pictured at Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
Coast Regional Police Commandant Manase Musyoka revealed to members of the Fourth Estate that a probe was already underway. The two men are set to be interrogated as more arrests are made.
Photojournalists from Nation covered the dramatic arrest by the special unit officers. The 10 officers donned full armoury and were armed to the teeth. They intercepted the vehicle as it was in a queue to board a ferry crossing over to Mombasa Island.
The suspects were coming from Lunga Lunga in the South Coast area. Law enforcement officers believe the pair was on course to cause harm, potentially at a police station.
The police officers acted on information extracted from another apprehended suspect of terrorism in Mombasa.
On August 9, the Anti-Terror Police Unit released a Turkish national, Harun Aydin, for deportation. This was after he spent two nights being probed in their custody.
Aydin was part of DP Ruto's entourage in his recently botched flight to Uganda.
Interior CS Fred Matiang’i justified Aydin’s forcible haulage to Istanbul. He cited that he (Aydin) would have otherwise been charged with money laundering and terrorism-related crimes.CS Fred Matiang'i before a parliamentary committee in Mombasa on August 13, 2021shabaab armed ammunition terrorism terrorist gun arrest probe suspect armed
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