Three arrested over foiled Mombasa Central Police station terror attack

Three arrested over foiled Mombasa Central Police station terror attack

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Armed policemen walk outside the central police station after an attack, in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, September 11, 2016. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Detectives in Mombasa have arrested three suspects alleged to have haboured the three women  who attacked Central police station Sunday morning.

The suspects have been identified as Naima Mohammed Ahmed,Shukri Ali Haji and Saida Ali Haji.

The trio were arrested in Old town Mombasa,  following a massive operation conducted by contigent of security agents.

Forensic experts have also established the identities of  the two of the three suicide bombers killed.

The two are Tasmin Yakub Abdallah and Fatuma Omar Yusuf.

Police say the third one who is alleged to have led the attack, shouted her name was Atieno before she was killed.

A source probing the suspects,  told Baraka FM the suspects were alshabaab returnees but they were chanting ISIS when they attacked the police station, before they were killed.

12 knives and five litres of petrol Jerican have also been recoverd from the scene.

The two police officers who were injured during the attack were taken to Pandya hospital and later on flown to Nairobi for special treatment.

The cellphones detained from the suspected terrorists, have also been reportedly handed over to forensic expert for further analysis.

Earlier on at a press conference at the station, County Police Commander Peterson Maelo confirmed the three terrorists were killed after they attacked the station.

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Unconfirmed reports indicated that the suspects stormed the police station with the aim of rescuing a suspected terrorist,  who was under arrest.

The county police commander termed the allegations as rumours that he could not confirm.

“The suspect was taken elsewhere,not here. Some time last week we had a suspect at the cell,” concluded the police boss.

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