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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Court denies bond for four terror suspects linked to Lamu IED attack

Terror suspects Yayha Salim, Mohamed Anguso, Abdhallah Ramadhan and Julius Mwandenzi before Shanzu senior principal magistrate Diana Mochache, June 19, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB
Terror suspects Yayha Salim, Mohamed Anguso, Abdhallah Ramadhan and Julius Mwandenzi before Shanzu senior principal magistrate Diana Mochache, June 19, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

Four suspects arrested in Mombasa on radicalisation claims were denied bond on Monday.

Yayha Salim, Mohamed Anguso, Abdhallah Ramadhan and Julius Mwandenzi appeared before Shanzu senior principal magistrate Diana Mochache.

State council Erick Masila said primary investigations showed the suspects may have participated in May 31 IED attack in Lamu.

“It's very possible that the suspects may have participated in the killing of the officers," he said while objecting their application for release.

Read: Seven cops, civilian killed after vehicle hits landmine in Lamu

Mochache denied the accused release on bond saying the case was sensitive and that terrorism is a complex matter.

Citing sporadic attacks in Mandera and Lamu counties, she remanded the suspects for a week for investigations to be completed.

“Let there be a complete investigation into this matter within the period. Terrorism is a complex issue which should be approached with keenness,” the magistrate noted.

Salim told the court he only teaches madrassa at Masjid Majilis in Kikambala and has never engaged in terror activities.

“We are purely peaceful. I am a teacher...I visited one of students in Nairobi after he sent me Sh1,200. I missed the SGR train in Miritini and managed to take a bus but was arrested in Voi,” he said.

The four suspects were arrested at the weekend, police saying they were escaping to Nairobi.

More than 80 people were arrested in an anti-terror swoop in Eastleigh area, Nairobi on Sunday.

Read more: Cops arrest 85 terror suspects in Eastleigh and Mombasa

The suspects will return to court on June 27.

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