Shabaab suspects charged with plotting to bomb Nairobi court


The five Al-Shabaab suspects arraigned at the Milimani Law Court. PHOTO| AGNES ALOO
The five Al-Shabaab suspects arraigned at the Milimani Law Court. PHOTO| AGNES ALOO

In Summary

  • Five Al-Shabaab suspects who are accused of planning to stage a terror attack at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi have been charged in court.
  • The four men and a woman have been in police custody for the last 60 days pending conclusion of  investigations.
  • The suspects were allegedly planning to attack the court buildings and rescue Sheikh Guyo Gorsa who is being held over terror-related allegations.

Five Al-Shabaab suspects who are accused of planning to stage a terror attack at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi have been charged in court.

Abdimajit Adan, Mohammed Nane, John Maina, Anthony Kitila alias Rasta and Lydia Nyawira, denied the allegations when they appeared before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi.

The four men and a woman have been in police custody for the last 60 days pending conclusion of investigations.

The suspects were allegedly planning to attack the court buildings and rescue Sheikh Guyo Gorsa who is being held over terror-related allegations.

Police claimed that the five intended to launch an attack at the Milimani Chief Magistrate’s Court on February 16 when Mr Gorsa was scheduled answer to charges of terror.

Two suspects are said to have been arrested in Merti, Isiolo County, while transporting a cache of weapons in a car embedded with improvised explosives.

Police also found five AK-47 rifles and 36 fully loaded magazines, 36 unprimed hand grenades, 18 IEDs, three military knives, a black flag and other paraphernalia associated with the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

The prosecution however objected the release of the accused on cash bail citing security reasons for the country.

Magistrate Andayi directed the prosecution to make a full application in regards to the release objection.

The application will be heard on Monday at 2pm.

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