Kenya police circulate photo of blast suspect

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya Police have circulated the photograph of a 21-year-old man, Hussein Nur Mohamed, over claims he was involved in the recent blast that killed six people in the capital city, Nairobi.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said the police are looking for the suspect for questioning after he was mentioned in the probe into Saturday evening's incident in Nairobi’s Pangani area.

The blast, caused by an Improvised Explosive Device which investigators believe was set off by a mobile phone, ripped off the backside of a 32-seater city commuter mini-bus heading for the central business district.

Investigations indicate that the explosive device was hidden in the mini-bus by the terrorists who used a mobile phone to set it off.

At least 30 people sustained injuries, including motorists who were caught up in the traffic jam at the nearby intersection.

The police chief said Mohamed had been arrested and charged to court over terror related charges before being freed on bond.

“He did not honour the bond and so far we have a warrant to arrest him over the earlier charges after skipping court hearings,” said Kimaiyo. He also sought the help of the public to arrest the suspect. Kimaiyo did not indicate the suspect’s nationality.

PANA reports that the bulk of  recent terror attacks in Kenya have been linked to Somali terror group Al-Shabab, which is opposed to the deployment of African Union (AU) peacekeepers in Somalia.

Kenya, Djibouti, Burundi and Uganda are among the African countries that have deployed troops to Somalia under the banner of the AU Mission in Somalia, AMISOM

The terrorists appear to target Kenya more than the other countries whose soldiers are serving in the AMISOM mission because Kenyan troops crashed Al- Shabab insurgents in the port city of Kismayu, killing, among others, the lucrative charcoal trade which the terrorists used as a cover for money laundering.
-0- PANA DJ/SEG 16Dec2013

16 december 2013 11:00:31

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