Man linked to Al-Shabaab arrested with explosive materials in Lamu

Written By: KBC Reporters

The materials seized by police in Lamu

A man suspected to have links with Al-Shabaab group has been arrested by police in Lamu County.

Confirming the arrest, Lamu County Directorate of Criminal Investigation boss Paul Leting said they had also seized materials suspected to be used for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Leting said they are interrogating the suspect and they intend to make more arrests later.

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The suspect, Juma Omar Kiryauta will be arraigned in court on Monday.

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Lamu County has been a stage for suspected Al-Shabaab attacks that have resulted in deaths of both security officers and civilians.

Currently, a multi-agency security operation is ongoing in Lamu County in areas bordering Boni Forest.

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The operation which was launched in September 2015 aims to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding in the dense forest.

Elsewhere, police have arrested two suspects for kidnapping, pouring acid and chopping off the manhood of a man in Kwale County.

Joshua Ngugi and Jane Wanjiku Washuka were arrested Friday evening for kidnapping Paul Kyande on August 28 at Kinoo in Kikuyu.

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The Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti said the suspects are in police custody and will be taken to court on Monday.

The victim is admitted to Kenyatta National Hospital in critical condition.


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