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Kenya police probe terror links after nabbing key suspect

10-26-2011 15:37 BJT

by Chrispinus Omar and Njoroge Kaburo

NAIROBI, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan authorities on Wednesday launched investigations to establish if a man who was arrested in Nairobi on Tuesday night with live grenades and assorted firearms has any links with Monday's grenade attacks which killed one person and injured over 20 others.

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere did not immediately link the middle-aged man who converted to radical Islam with the two grenade attacks which have caused fear in the capital Nairobi. "We have launched investigations to establish if this man is linked to the Monday attacks. The suspect is a member of one of the terrorist cells who have committed several terrorist attacks in the country," Iteere told journalists on Tuesday night in Nairobi

Describing the arrests as a major breakthrough in the fight against terrorism in the east African nation, Iteere promised to make more arrests as the police pursue crucial intelligence leads.

The incident comes amid heightened security in Nairobi after Somali insurgents threatened reprisal attacks in Kenya if the troops which launched cross-border incursions on Oct. 16 do not leave the Horn of Africa nation.

The police chief said the cache of weapons which were seized from the suspect's house are very dangerous. He said the weapons have been used to kill or terrorize innocent Kenyans and appealed to the public to be very vigilant by reporting suspicious characters within their midst.

The weapon used in the early Monday attack, which left at least 13 people injured, was a Russian-made F1 grenade. A similar type of grenade was used in a downtown Nairobi attack in December 2010 at a bus station.


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