Suspected Al Shabaab bomb maker arrested in police sting operation
Police have arrested a suspected bomb maker believed to have been preparing terror attacks in Kenya.
Boru Diba Dibe aka Scoshy, is being held by Anti-Terrorism Police in Isiolo.
The 23-year-old man, according to police, was a boda boda operator in Moyale before he was recruited by Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia.
“He was planning to carry out a bomb attack. Security agencies established that he was a key link person between Al-Shabaab operatives in Isiolo and Somalia,” said a government security situation report seen by the Nation.
It added :”It is believed he was given instructions by Al-Shabaab’s leadership in Somalia to prepare explosives for use against several targets in the country.”
The man in custody was arrested during a sting operation in Isiolo town that included a raid at his house at Checheles.
Police found bomb making materials at his house. A detonation cord, ball bearings and cables were among the items found.
They are commonly used to make improvised explosive devices like those being used by Al-Shabaab terrorists in parts of Lamu, Garissa and Mandera counties.
Dozens of police officers and civilians have died in such attacks in recent weeks.
Most recently, four police officers and four primary school pupils died after a security vehicle they were traveling in ran over an IED on Mararani-Kiunga road in Lamu.
Investigations are on to unearth the entire terror network in Isiolo, the report also said.
The suspect attended St Kizito Primary School before joining Karama Secondary School at Kangeta, Meru. He later joined Isiolo Boys High School.
Police have asked the public to volunteer information on terrorists operating in the country and warned they may be planning attacks to disrupt the General Election.