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Anti-Terrorism Police Unit nab woman over planned terror attack

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Monday said they had arrested a woman and seized materials used to make explosives in the coastal city of Mombasa.

The woman was arrested in Bondeni area, with detonators, explosive boosters, eight mobile phones and several SIM cards found in her house. The police said she may have been planning a terror attack.

The mobile phones and SIM cards have been handed to a team of Cyber Crime Unit to assist in the investigation and arrest more suspects operating the alleged terrorist network.

Officers said she was the wife of the main suspect behind the 2014 attack near Nyali Reef Beach Hotel in the county.

Police said they would find out whether the suspect intended to smuggle the explosives to Shimo la Tewa prison where her husband Nassir Ali Skanda is being held.

Skanda and his accomplice are accused of committing acts of terrorism at Nyali Reef Beach Hotel in Mombasa by detonating an improvised explosive device and causing property damages in May 2014.

The two used samples of chemicals to trigger explosives through a remote-controlled device or a mobile phone signal.

Senior ATPU officer told Xinhua in Mombasa that Skanda is an expert in assembling improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and the seized bomb-making materials were allegedly to be delivered to him.

“Intelligence report warns that wife had planned to smuggle the materials to the main prison to be assembled by the husband and used to stage major jail break at the prison that house highly dangerous criminals and terror suspects.” said a senior ATPU officer.

Police sources also indicate that Skanda was also allegedly radicalizing other terror suspects at the prison hence the need to urgently transfer him from the facility. 



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