Terrorism suspect detained to allow investigations

Saturday January 9 2016

Terrorism suspect Ikrima Mohammed Shosi, accused of killing a senior intelligence officer in Mombasa last year, in court on January 8, 2016 when he was detained to allow for investigations. PHOTO |  WACHIRA MWANGI |

Terrorism suspect Ikrima Mohammed Shosi, accused of killing a senior intelligence officer in Mombasa last year, in court on January 8, 2016 when he was detained to allow for investigations. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BRIAN OCHARO
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A man suspected of killing a senior intelligence officer in Mombasa last year has been detained for 15 days to allow police to complete investigations.

Mombasa Senior Principal Magistrate Nicholas Njagi allowed the application seeking to detain Mr Ikrima Mohammed Shosi at Port Police Station.

Inspector Peter Munguti asked the court to give him more time to investigate Mr Shosi, who he said is suspected to be a member of Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

“For the purpose of completing my investigations, I need more time to interrogate the respondent, establish his motives, analyse his mobile phones, record statements from relevant witnesses and any other source of information that might assist me in my investigations,” he said.

HARBOURING TERRORISTS

In his sworn affidavit, Mr Munguti said the accused is believed to have been harbouring Al-Shabaab terrorists in his house at Guraya, where he had been organising attacks.

He added that the accused had been working with other criminals to eliminate police officers including detectives within the county.

Mr Shosi was arrested on Friday at Casablanca day and night club at around 3am by Anti-Terror Police Unit officers working on a tip-off.

“I am holding a suspect who is believed to be connected to the offence, I pray that this honourable court grants detention order to give me ample time to interrogate the respondent,” he said.

Inspector Munguti said they intend to charge the suspect with being a member of a terrorist group.

The accused was arrested but his accomplices escaped. It is alleged that they were plotting attacks before their plans were unearthed.

Mr Shosi has been on the run with police hunting for him.

Recently, detectives raided the homes of wanted terrorists including Hussein Omar Said, Kassim Mohammed Abdalla, Mahmoud Mohammed and Ismail Shosi and recovered weapons, communication gadgets and radicalization videos.

The case will be mentioned on January 23.