Ugandan Among Garissa University Attack Suspects

Some of the Garissa survivors being evacuated from the university campus on Wednesday

A Nairobi court has ordered the detention of 14 suspected Al-Shabaab operatives, including five men linked to the Garissa University College massacre in which 148 people were killed.

Among these is a Ugandan named Andrew Katende,  who was arrested in connection with aiding the university attackers to execute the deadly mission.

Katende was arrested along with a Yemini national Ahmed Mohammed Ali, and seven others all believed to have particularly assisted the Alshabaab attackers in a “surveillance mission for soft targets.”

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Katende, according to State Prosecutor Daniel Karuri, was netted alongside Mr. Antony Maina and Mr Samuel Njuguna at a mall in Mlolongo while in the company of a Spaniard, who has since been handed over to the respective authorities for further investigations.

Five of the suspects arraigned in court on Tuesday are believed to have directly assisted in the deadly attack, the worst since 1998 when the US Embassy was bombed in Nairobi.

Among these, are Mr Mohammud Adan Surrow, the owner of a hotel in Garissa Town where the terrorists who attacked the university stayed, Mr Osman Abdi Dakane, a security guard at the ill-fated campus who was arrested while taking pictures of the dead and making frantic telephone calls, Mr Mohammed Abid Abikar, Mr Hassan Adan Hassan, and Mr Sahal Diriye Hassan, who allegedly delivered weapons to the attackers and were intercepted while crossing over to Somali after the bloodbath.

All these will spend a month in custody at an undisclosed police station in Nairobi while the rest including Mr Katende will spend between five to 15 days at the Muthaiga and Kileleshwa police stations.

The magistrate said he had no choice but to detain the suspects as requested because of the widespread public outcry following the Garissa massacre despite their objections and their right to bail.


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