Two men believed to be of Somali origin were on Tuesday arraigned before a Mombasa court over last Saturday’s twin blasts in Mwembe Tayari and Reef Hotel in Nyali, which killed at least three people.
Investigators sought permission from the court to remand the two for ten days as they concluded investigations with a view to charging them formally over the attacks.
Magistrate Maxwell Gicheru granted the wish, ordering Maxamed Osman Ibrahim and Abdirizak Salah Salah remanded at the port police and Railways police stations respectively for the ten days.
“I do believe that Maxamed Osman Ibrahim and Abdirizak Salah Salah are connected to the offense or have information which may assist me in my investigations,” police constable Gideon Wambua said in a sworn affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the two, who were arrested alongside 102 others, in a crack down following the Saturday blasts, were found in possession “of an article for use in instigating commission of a terrorist attack.”
This came a day after deputy president William Ruto lashed at the judiciary for allegedly frustrating the war against terrorism by granting bail to terror suspects, some of who he said had later jumped bail, escaped and came back to launch attacks in the country.