by Chris Mgidu
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said
on Saturday that they were interrogating two terror suspects who
were arrested on Friday in the coastal town of Kwale and
northeast border town of Mandera near the Somali border.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said during the two
operations, security officers also recovered two grenades and
Boinnet said one suspect Stephen Wagechi was arrested on
Friday while sneaking into Mandera from Bula Hawa in neighboring
"The police also arrested wanted terror suspect Juma Mwengo
in Likoni, Kwale County," said Boinnet in a statement, adding
that two grenades, 10 rounds of ammunition and other terror
paraphernalia such as CDs with radical preaching were seized
He said the suspects, believed to have been planning terror
attacks on unspecified locations in Kenya during the Easter
holiday, are in custody for further interrogation and subsequent
Security analysts said the arrest of Mwengo was a blow to the
Somalia-based Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group that is on a steady
decline and defeat by Kenya.
The arrests came as Kenya was on high alert during the Easter
holidays after intelligence reports warned of high risk of
terrorism in the country.
The intelligence service had warned of possible attacks
against soft targets including churches in the northeast region
and security personnel and their facilities.
Police Spokesman George Kinoti on Thursday confirmed that
security forces were on a high alert after receiving
intelligence reports that nine terrorists were planning to
strike in the country.
Police have said in a security report that Kenyan suspects
are moving back to the country following sustained attacks by
the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Somalia National Army.