Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2016

Kenyan Police arrest 3 for Mandera hotel attack

Police in Mandera have arrested three more suspects in connection with last week’s terror attack on a lodge that left 12 people dead.

Without revealing the identities of the suspects, County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia on Monday said the three were locals.

“We are catching up with them one after the other since we have enough information of who played what part in the attack,” he told Nation.co.ke.

The arrest brings the number of suspects in police custody to five.

Police last week arrested the lodge’s caretaker, Abdirahman Ali, and Mr Shisia said he was cooperating with investigators.

A Mandera court last week allowed the police to continue holding Mr Ali as they carry on with their investigations.

The county chief said some Mandera residents were aiding militants who cross the border from Somalia to carry out attacks in Kenya.

He said some of the suspects were being held in Mandera while others had been moved to Nairobi.

Meanwhile, 33 people were on Monday charged in a Mandera court for disobeying a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on the town.

Charged in groups of three to nine, 28 suspects pleaded guilty and were fined Sh5,000 each or in default serve one month in jail.

Resident Magistrate Duncan Mtai discharged five suspects who pleaded guilty after stating they were unaware of the orders issued by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery last Thursday.

In total, Mr Shisia said more than 50 people have been arrested for disobeying the curfew.

Source: Daily Nation

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