The two, a woman and her son, were arrested when officers from Special Crime Prevention Unit raided their house following tip-off.

Kenyan police
Kenyan police

Mombasa divisional police commander Martin Asin said the two have been handed over to a team of detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATPU) for further interrogation.

“We are still investigating them and the explosives have been handed over to experts for forensic examination. We suspect the woman was harboring the son,”said Asin.

He said two terror suspects among them Al-Shabaab returnee Luqman Khatib led to the arrest of the two who were residing in Majengo area perceived as haven for recruiting and planning of terrorist attacks.

The two were arraigned in court but were not allowed to take plea as police sort for ten days to continue detaining them in the custody.

On Thursday, Khatib and his accomplice Swaleh Mbarak were arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo at Mombasa law courts.

Odenyo said the two, who were arrested on Friday, will be remanded at Port police station until the investigations are completed.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said several swords, drugs and a military jacket were recovered following the arrests.

Marwa said Khatib, suspected to be a key Al-Shabaab leader, has been linked to the killing of police officers and informers in Mombasa and his arrest is major breakthrough in war on terror.

He had evaded several dragnets in two residential estates in Mombasa and is a close associate of members of Al-Shabaab’s Jaysh Ayman group.

Kenya police have heightened security following reports of impending terrorist attack in the tourism resort city of Mombasa and its environs that had in the past witnessed attacks in Lamu and parts of Mombasa.

Several terror suspects have been arrested in the ongoing operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants hiding in the vast Boni forest used for training and recruitment of Kenyans youths to Al-Shabaab.

Military spokesman David Obonyo told Xinhua that the military personnel have managed to gain control part of the forest that were taken over by Al-Shabaab.

“We have managed to defeat the Al-Shabaab and forced them to abandon the forest, several weapons were impounded and they managed to destroy their camps.” said Obonyo.

Kenya which has grand safaris, a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro and white sand beaches along the Indian Ocean, relies heavily on the currency of foreigners that travel to see the wildlife and natural beauty of the land.

Terror attacks in recent months had culminated with the mass evacuation of tourists following two explosions that killed ten and injured seventy-six.

These attacks threaten the tourism business which the country so readily relies on, so by extension the economy is threatened too. However, the sector has started to pick up after Britain and U.S. removed travel advisories. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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