By Cyrus Ombati
Police are questioning seven men over suspicions of terrorism after they were found filming a section of Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
The seven are said to be Kenyans and were all arrested outside the airport on Saturday as they took pictures. They spent the weekend at the Lang’ata Police Station but were picked up yesterday by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) for further grilling.
Officers who had talked to the men said their explanation as to why they were taking photos of the facility was not convincing and that is why ATPU were called.
Lang’ata OCPD Rono Bunei said they handed over the suspects to the ATPU for further clarification. “We cannot take anything for granted and that is why they are now with the experts from ATPU. They were picked up from the station this morning (yesterday),” said Bunei.
Police stepped up operations at the weekend after reports indicated terror group Al Shabaab warned of an imminent attack on Kenya including bringing down tall buildings.
A private US based security firm IntelCenter said Al Shabaab posted threats on a website Wednesday that said, “something big is coming” within the next two weeks.
The threat is the third time Al Shabaab has said it would target Kenya’s tall buildings.
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti said Al Shabaab was behind Monday’s bomb attack along Moi Avenue, Nairobi that killed one person and wounded more than 30.
On Wednesday, another explosion hit a small eatery in Wajir, killing one and injuring three others.
Yesterday, Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere urged police to continue being vigilant and intensify operations.