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Chinese man found with guns, bullets handed over to anti-terror police

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By Kamore Maina | June 16th 2021

The suspect was on Wednesday, June 16 handed over to anti-terror police. [File, Standard]

A 42-year-old Chinese national in whose house police recovered weapons has been handed over to anti-terror police.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) together with officers from the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on Wednesday raided the man's house in Lavington, Nairobi, where they recovered 700 bullets and five guns.

The police said the raid followed the arrest of the man on Friday in Kitui while he was on his way to Garissa on an unexplained mission. The suspect was armed when he was stopped at a roadblock and held after he failed to produce a gun licence.

Kitui DCI boss Kobina Cheserek said investigators had searched two other houses in Nairobi's Muthaiga estate but did not find any weapons.

A report from Kilimani Police Station stated that four pistols and 500 bullets were recovered from the Lavington house. Officers said the suspect has been in the country since 2011.

According to the police report, the DCI recovered an M4 assault rifle, CZ-75 pistol, Taurus revolver and Taurus pistol from the suspect's house at Kaputei Gardens. They also found a firearm licence that had expired in 2018.

The recovered weapons have been surrendered to ballistics experts for examination.

The Kilimani DCI has also written to the Firearm Licensing Board seeking details on the suspect.

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