Anti-terror Police Seeks to Detain 3 suspects for taking pictures of Kempinski.

    A photo of Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel in Nairobi

    Police are seeking five days to detain three terror suspects arrested on Sunday taking pictures of Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel in Nairobi. A court ruling is in wait on whether the three people accused of plotting a terror attack to be detained to allow the police to complete investigations.

    Abdi Mohammed Guled, Ibrahim Mohammed Guled, and Mohammed Bashi Aden are said to have been in possession of several items including Kenyan IDs, mobile phones and electronic gadgets which police have forwarded to Anti-Terrorism Police Unit laboratories for forensic analysis.

    The three were arrested on suspicion of carrying out surveillance at the hotel for purposes of carrying out a terrorist attack. 

    “The respondents were covertly taking photographs at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel and when questioned on the same, they did not give an explanation as to why they were taking photographs of the hotel,” reads an affidavit filed by Sergeant Joseph Mwiti.  

    The investigating officer said he needed more time to collect details of all the persons the suspects have been in contact with as reports so far received showed that the suspects have other associates still at large.

    “I want to retrieve their digital prints for forensic examination as well as examine their social media accounts. It is important for them to be detained by the ATPU to enable detailed criminal enquires to be carried out,” the officer said.

    Abdi, Ibrahim, and Bashi are being investigated for several offenses that include conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and being members of a terrorist group. The offenses attract jail terms of between 20 and 30 years. 

    Mwiti urged the court not to grant the suspects bail, saying they posed a flight risk. He also requested for the men to be held in a police station in Nairobi whose location should be kept secret.

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