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Suspect denies link to Somali terror group

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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A man who was arrested in Laikipia County on suspicion of being a terrorist, on Monday told a Nyahururu court that he worked as a mason in Somalia.

Mr Samuel Wainaina Wanjiru, 20, denied having been a member of Al-Shabaab.

The accused was arrested in Mwitiku village on Sunday night, after locals reported that there was a suspicious man in the area.

During the police raid, several items including military uniforms resembling those worn by the British Army and Somali soldiers were found.

But the accused said that he bought the uniforms from a second-hand clothes dealer in Nairobi.

A red beret and two identity cards that did not bear his name and a University of Nairobi student card were among other items found.

Principal magistrate Denis Mikoyan directed that Mr Wanjiru be remanded in Kinamba police for three days to allow police to complete investigations.

This is after Laikipia West  district criminal investigations officer Bernard Kwarat, asked the court to allow anti-terrorism police time to interrogate him.

Mr Wanjiru is alleged to have bragged that he feared no one not even the police and that he was from Somalia on a mission. He is said to have bragged after a scuffle with another man.

He was also accused of being on a mission to recruit Kenyan youth to join Al-Shabaab


Mr Kwarat said upon interrogation the suspect admitted to have visited several towns in Somalia among them Bula Hawa, Baidoa and Doro-which are occupied by Al-Shabaab militia.

“We have reason to believe he is either a member of Al-Shabaab or has received military training in Somalia,” the DCIO said.

The magistrate also ordered that the accused be taken to hospital during the three days’ custody stay after he complained of throat pain.

He will be returned to court on Thursday.

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