Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa identified one of the suspect as Salim Ismail, accused of hiring rifles to organized criminal gangs. Marwa said Ismail has been disarmed and handed over to the police for questioning.

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“We have arrested him and is being interrogated by detectives over illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions. We suspects he is funding terror groups in Mombasa,” said Marwa.

Police have identified the second suspect, Swaleh Hamisi who is an alleged member of Al-Shabaab terror group.
“We believe the suspect is an accomplice of terror gang blamed for the recent killing of State informers and police. They are part of Al-Shabaab returnees who had sneaked back to the country,” the police report says.

Police have been granted ten more days to continue detaining the suspects to enable them complete investigation. Marwa said security apparatus are on higher alert ahead of festive season and the Pope Francis’ visit later in November.

“We have increased police surveillances within the county to thwart any possible terrorist attacks. More police officers have been deployed to key installation including shopping malls and Likoni channel,” Marwa said.

The government administrator said the police will provide security for more than 50 buses that will travel from Mombasa to Nairobi ahead of Pope Francis’ visit later this month.

More than 2,000 faithfuls from Kilifi, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Kwale counties will attend the Holy Mass during the Nov. 25-27 visit.

Marwa said security will also be heightening in parts of Mombasa during and after the visit to thwart any attempts by terror groups to disrupt the visit. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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