× Digital News Videos Africa Health & Science Opinion Columnists Education Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Planet Action Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS


Police nab trio linked to Mandera terror attacks

By NDERITU Gichure | Jan 30th 2015 | 2 min read

Mandera, Kenya: Police in Mandera have arrested three suspects, including a man believed to have been the mastermind of last November’s massacre in which 64 people were killed in the county.

The three were later driven to Nairobi last evening for further questioning.

Following the arrest, security was beefed up in Mandera town amid fears of attacks.

Schools affected

All social joints were secured even as schools continue to reel from the effects of the terror attacks after teachers from outside the county refused to resume duty this term citing security fears.

One of the suspects identified as Salim Abubakar Kitonga is a Kenyan but the other two are Somalis.

Mandera Police Commander Job Boronjo said the suspects were co-operating well with the police in investigations.

He said other wanted Al Shabaab terrorists and sponsors would soon be arrested.

Boronjo said the Kenyan suspect had been recruiting terror suspects from Mandera and regional countries to join Al-Shabaab.

He added Kitonga had been facilitating the movement of new non-Somali recruits into Somalia through Bula Hawa and that he had been living at a mosque in Mandera town that he declined to disclose.

Two attacks

“There are reports that he planned the two attacks that left 64 people dead late last year, but he is with us for further interrogations before he is taken to court,” said Boronjo.

The other suspects were not immediately identified.

Suspected Al-Shabaab militants last November killed at least 28 people on a bus in Arabiya area, Mandera County.

The heavily armed militias were reported to have waylaid a Nairobi-bound bus between Mandera and Arabia.

Two weeks later, Al Shabaab militants massacred 36 at a quarry in Mandera.


Share this story
We won't leave ODM, vow members threatened with expulsion
Members of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) who have been threatened with expulsion for opposing the party's choice for the Homa Bay senatorial by-election have vowed not to be cowed.
When Njonjo almost resigned over coffee smugglers
Known as the era of black gold, it began in 1976 when Ugandan farmers decided to sell their coffee in the private market.