Refugees arrested for harbouring terror suspects detained

Refugees arrested for harbouring terror suspects detained

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(L-R) Shukri Ali, Saida Ali and Naima Mohammed appearing before Mombasa resident magistrate Emmanuel Mutunga to answer to terror-related charges on September 13th 2016. PHOTO: HILLARY MAKOKHA

Mombasa, KENYA:Two Somali refugees arrested for allegedly harbouring three women who were killed for attempting to attack Mombasa police station will be detained by anti terror police for twenty days to enable full investigations.

Mombasa resident magistrate Emmanuel Mutunga ordered Naima Mohammed Ahmed, and Shukri Ali Haji be detained due to seriousness of the offence.

The suspects were arrested at Kibokoni area in Mombasa few hours after the attempted attack.

The court had earlier detained the suspects for five days to enable a psychiatrist report to ascertain whether two of the suspects are deaf.

An application by the suspects lawyer Jackson Muchiri to allow relatives access the suspects’ house was declined.

‘Your honour the suspects are refugees and we don’t understand how they reached in Mombasa so we need to go to Somalia and find out’,State counsel Eugine Wangila told the court.The case will continue on 13 October.

The court heard that one of the three suspected suicide bombers who attacked central police station, Tasmin Yakub had been hosted by the three in their house.

The suspects are believed to be Al-shabaab operatives.

Police recovered four mobile phones with sim cards from the suspects and have taken them for analysis.