A Nairobi court has allowed police to continue holding five suspects arrested over the Dusit hotel attack for 30 days to allow detectives complete investigations.
Milimani Law Courts Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuku ordered their detention, arguing that the charges they are facing are serious and investigating officer Monica Githaiga might be required to travel to various parts of the country.
The suspects are Joel Ng’ang’a Wainaina and Oliver Kanyago Muthee, both taxi drivers, Ms Gladys Kaari Justus, an M-Pesa agent in Meru, Mr Guleid Abdihakim, a Canadian, and Mr Osmas Ibrahim.
Two of the suspects were arrested on Wednesday morning in Nairobi during police raids in houses suspected to have been hideouts.
In an affidavit filed in court, Ms Githaiga said they were likely to prefer charges of conspiracy to commit a terrorist act, provision of property and services for commission of a terrorist act and being members of a terrorist group.
The affidavit reveals that several gadgets were found in the car - registration number KCN 340E - which the attackers are believed to have used on January 15 prior to the attack.