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February 20, 2019

Cops release wife of Dusit suicide bomber

Sahaila Mwinyi, the wife of the terrorist who blew himself in the Dusit attack./ COURTESY
Sahaila Mwinyi, the wife of the terrorist who blew himself in the Dusit attack./ COURTESY

Police have released the wife of Mahir Khalid Riziki, the suicide bomber behind the Dusit terror Attack.

Sahaila Bakari Mwinyi, was on Saturday arrested at Bakarani, Kisauni alongside the father of Khalid who was arrested in Majengo, Mvita.

The two were flown to Nairobi for interrogation over the attack that left 21 people dead and scores injured.

However the duo were released on Sunday.

Bakari is said to be living alone in a house bought by her late husband in Bakarani.

The Star visited Bakarani on Sunday with a view of meeting Bakari, but via a phone call she declined an interview saying that she was feeling unwell and could not talk to the media.

Read: Dusit suicide bomber's wife, father arrested in Mombasa

In the Truecaller app, her mobile number’s name appears as ‘Lengo Ni Jannah’ which means ‘Goal is Paradise’.

Reports indicate that Riziki had informed his wife that he was in Nairobi for unspecified work, three days prior to the attack.

More reports say that Riziki sent huge amounts of money to his wife moments before the attack and told her to use it wisely.

On January 7, police raided Riziki’s house in Majengo and picked his wife, Bakari for questioning.

The 25-year-old terrorist dropped out of Form One at Bhadala Secondary School in Mombasa in 2011 before marrying Bakari in 2012.

Police believe that Riziki was a close associate of Ismail Mohammed Shosi and a member of Al Shabaab hit squad that targeted police officers in order to steal their firearms.

More police intelligence say Riziki was a member of the Al Shabaab unit Jaysh Al Ayman, which is believed to be operating in Boni Forest.

The group is responsible for numerous fatal terror attacks in areas of Lamu and Mpeketoni in Kenya’s North Coast.

Police have intensified the search for more terror suspects after last Tuesday's attack.

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