More suspects arrested over Mombasa police station attack

By George Kithuka

Police in the coastal city of Mombasa have arrested three more suspects in connection to the recent botched Mombasa Central Police station terror attack.

The three according to detectives are close friends of the three suspects who were gunned down during the incident a few days ago and could have crucial information regarding the incident.

The police reported the arrests at a time Shanzu law court has allowed the prosecution 20 days to complete investigations on the two of the three female suspects charged over the attack.

The three female suspects namely Nasteho Ali Thalili, Luul Ali Tahlili and ZamZam Abdu Abdullahi are said to have schooled with the suspects who attempted to attack the station.

They were arrested by anti-terror police following an operation conducted in parts of Mombasa Island.

The suspects were arraigned in court but could not take plea after state counsel officer Erick Masila requested for seven days to finalize investigations.

The arrest brings to seven the number of suspects so far apprehended as investigations into the recent Mombasa central police station foiled attack continues.  Widow of slain Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo is among those arrested.

Three women were shot dead after police foiled a terror attack at Mombasa Central Police station.

Two police officers were left nursing injuries after the women clad in buibuis staged a well-choreographed plan to attack the police station.

Five women are said to have presented themselves at the police station to record a statement about a stolen phone only to turn against the officers.

The five are the said to have attempted to petrol bomb the station burning it partially before attacking an officer with a knife.

The controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo, who was described by security agencies as an Al-Shabaab recruiter, was gunned down by unknown people on the Mombasa-Malindi road on August 27, 2012.

Meanwhile Shanzu law court has granted the prosecution 20 days to complete investigations on 2 out of the 3 female suspects linked to central police station attack, and has as well granted physicians 30 days to examine the 3rd suspect.

According to police sources, Naima Mohamed Ahmed, Shukri Ali Hjai and Saida Ali Haji who are Somali nationals appeared before Mombasa resident magistrate Emanuel Mutunga last week.

They are said to have sneaked out of a refugee camp and police are trying to establish under what circumstances they relocated to old town in Mombasa Island.




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