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Man who attempted to smuggle explosives to Nairobi charged

A man accused of attempting to smuggle explosives to Nairobi appeared in court Tuesday charged with multiple counts of terrorism.

Mr Ahmed Mohammed Abdulahi alias Arab was reportedly intercepted at a roadblock in Thika town and fond in possession of explosive materials he was ferrying to Nairobi.

The prosecution said that on March 13 at Makongeni police roadblock in Thika, Kiambu county, Abdulahi was found in possession of 614 grams of a RDX, a military grade explosive.

“Mr Abdulahi was intercepted on a Nairobi bound bus from Mandera and the bomb material found under the passenger seat he occupied,” the prosecution said.


The suspect was also found in possession of three electric detonators, a detonation cord believed to have been assembled for “the commission of terrorism act.”

The prosecutor, Duncan Ondimu, also said the suspect falsified Kenyan registration and thus was in the country illegally at the time of his arrest.

Ondimu opposed the suspect’s release on bail stating that his accomplices were still at large, hence his release may prejudice the case.

“The sentence upon conviction attracts a sentence of 30 years in jail and the temptation to flee may be high,” the prosecutor  submitted.

The presiding magistrate upheld the request for bail denial and ordered the suspect be detained until the case is heard and determined. The case will be heard on April 28