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SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Stayed in one of the rooms But since Tuesday, the government has been unwilling to admit that the attack was carried out by Al Shabaab despite the terror group issuing a statement claiming responsibility. It is also emerging that the terrorists or their accomplices could have been booked in one of the rooms at Dusit D2 days before the attack. Officers from the bomb squad and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) who have been combing the hotel for evidence stumbled upon a box of grenades in one of the rooms. It is believed that the terrorists or their accomplices used the room to assemble the bombs that were used by the suicide bomber outside the hotel’s restaurant. A time stamp on CCTV footage of the suicide bomber whom we now know as Mahir Khalid Riziki shows he walked to the gardens at 3:12 pm while the rest of the attackers stormed into the hotel at about 3:30 pm. Additionally, a waitstaff and a construction worker are seen in the video walking casually past the suicide bomber moments before he blew himself up which further cements the thought that he was there earlier than the others. The construction worker, interviewed for a separate story in this paper, says he heard an agitated Mahir asking for the whereabouts of his accomplices: “Where have you reached?" Detectives asked the hotel’s management to issue them with a manifest of all the visitors they have had for the last two weeks. Also asked to provide CCTV footage is the management of Oil Libya petrol station in Westlands where it is said some of the terrorists had lunch before proceeding with their mission on Tuesday afternoon. The government is yet to release the identities of the five attackers who were captured on CCTV at the Dusit D2 complex. Yesterday, the State produced five people at the Milimani Law Courts in connection with the attack and asked that the suspects be held for 30 more days. An affidavit sworn by Inspector Monica Githaiga of ATPU in court however showed that the State still has a long way in nailing those who facilitated and financed Tuesday’s attack. “The team of investigators have so far covered considerable ground in the investigations and upon preliminary review of the investigators file, I am satisfied that there is a probable cause to continue investigations against all suspects,” Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Hajji said yesterday in a statement. There is also a possibility that Tuesday’s terror attack could be linked to another one that was foiled in February last year after locals in Merti, Isiolo called the police and alerted them of a car that had been hidden in a bush. While the Saturday Standard is not at liberty to discuss the merits of the case, a UN report on the matter released last month said that the five people who were supposed to carry out the foiled attack were never known. It is however at around that time that Ali Salim Gichunge rented a house in Muchatha, Ruaka.
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