(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
“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
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.