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Ugandan National found with explosives detained for seven days

by Robert Guyana

A Ugandan National and his Kenyan accomplice who were arrested with assorted explosives and detonators has been detained .

The two were arrested in Chepkatet village, Uasin Gishu County and police sought to hold them for a seven days as they complete investigations

The 59-year-old Mohamed Ahmed Bisher and Ugandan Nasanga Ibrahim aged 68 appeared before Milimani Senior Resident Magistrate Caroline Muthoni.

The magistrate allowed the Anti-Terror Unit Police to hold them for one week as they complete investigations.

Police corporal Kennedy Karanja told the court the suspects were arrested on July 11 at Chepkatet village in Uasin Gishu county by a team of police officers drawn from Directorate of Criminal investigations, ATPU and SSU.

They were arrested after detectives received intelligence reports of their possible involvement in terrorism surveillance and intended terrorism attack within the country.

According to the police affidavit , during the operation they recovered 2kgs of TNT explosives, 44 pieces of Noble’s explosives, seven detonators, and high explosives boosters among others.

“The items recovered have been forwarded to the commissioner of mines and geology and bomb disposal unit for forensic examination and the reports are yet to be obtained”, PC Karanja said.

The investigation officer said investigations are complex and requires time and it involves a number of agency.

The suspects however opposed to being detained citing that they were elderly and sickly.

They argued that if detained they were vulnerable to being infected with Covid-19.

The magistrate however said the nature of the matter is serious and granted police the sought time to finish the investigations.

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