Terrorist planning city bombing booked room next to Central Police Station

A cache of weapons recovered by police in Isiolo following a foiled terror attack in Isiolo on February 15, 2017. []

Detectives in Nairobi have established that one of the terror suspects supposed to bomb the city was booked at a city hotel next to Central Police Station 10 days earlier.

The would-be terrorist had booked the room since February 9, 2018 according to emerging details as reported by Daily Nation.

On Thursday last week, security officers from Merti in Isiolo County foiled what would be one of Kenya’s scariest bombing attacks.

A group of five men were intercepted by the officers in Isiolo trying to transport a cache of weapons to Nairobi.

Two of them- Abdimajit Adan, 24 and Mohammed Nane, 28 were arrested and a Mitsubishi-make vehicle laden with explosives impounded by the authorities.

A third suspect was gunned down by police while the other two managed to flee with injuries.

Yesterday, as security officers tried to piece together information, it emerged that Adan, one of the suspects under police custody had been staying at Delta Hotel since February 9 according to the manager.

He is alleged to have left his room on Thursday, February 15. Hours later, he was caught up in the fierce gun battle with police in Merti.

“When he came in he filled a computer-generated form and we attached it to a photocopy of his national identity card,” said the manager as further quoted by Daily Nation.

“His room had been occupied since then, but on Thursday at about 11.30pm police officers from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) came to the hotel and told me that one of our clients had been arrested.

In his room, his clothes together with an air ticket from Elwak to Wilson Airport were found. There was also a Safaricom sim card and two unused Airtel sim cards.

Adan had also left a note asking the hotel’s management to reserve his room he would be back the following day (Friday).

“Please reserve the room for me. I will pay when I return tomorrow,” read the note.

On Sunday, two people were arrested by police in possession of two motorbikes purchased by Adan in Garbatula area.

The two suspects identified as Ahmed Issack Ibrahim, 46-a Kenyan and Said Mohammed Salat, 19 from Somali had been spotted by the public in a bush at Manyangab in Modagashe, about two kilometres from a local police station.

The Anti-Terror Police Unit found them in possession of improvised explosive devices and grenades which they said are powerful enough to bring a one multi-storeyed building down.