Mother, daughter arrested in Dagoretti in possession of submachine gun, M4 rifle

An assortment of weapons recovered from a mother and daughter in Racecourse, Dagoretti. [Photo: DCI]

A Kenyan mother Goretti Mwihia and her daughter Joyce Muthoni Mwihia from Racecourse Dagoretti are in custody over possession of military-grade weapons.

Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Anti-Terror Police Unit pounced on the two suspects at their home in Racecourse Wednesday afternoon.

They were in possession of deadly and sophisticated M4 rifle a sub machine gun as part of an assortment of other weapons and ammunition.

“The DCI Anti-Terror Police Unit has this afternoon recovered a cache of arms and ammunition suspected to have been sneaked into the country for terror activities. The weapons which include an M4 sniper rifle, with an effective range of 500 metres were recovered from two ladies Joyce Muthoni Mwihia and her mother Goretti Mwihia, both of whom hold dual citizenship and live in Racecourse, Dagoretti Corner in Nairobi,” DCI stated.

DCI added that: “Also recovered in the operation were 4 pistols and a close quarter Uzi automatic sub machine gun, capable of firing over 600 rounds per minute. An assortment of over 3,700 rounds of ammunition of different calibre, was also recovered.”

The Anti-Terror Police Unit say that the weapons were sneaked into the country to execute terror related operations.

The weapons were carted away for ballistic examination as the two suspects remain in custody being questioned.

Earlier, alarm has been raised on Al-Shabaabs imminent threat to the country’s aviation sector.

America’s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in February warned that Al-Shabaab was in possession of deadly weapons that could take down an aircraft.,

FAA said intelligence reports asked civilian airlines to be cautious as Al-Shabaab is in possession of deadly arsenal that can destroy an aircraft flying at low altitudes of up to 25,000 feet.

FAA stated that some of the heavy weapons in Al-Shabaabs possession include rockets, mortars and man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS).