First arrest in Nairobi blast case yields weapons and explosives


Kenyan police announced that the first arrest has been made in connection with the dual grenade blasts, that rocked Nairobi two days ago. “I am not authorized to give official statements but can tell you that the arrest of a suspect led to discovery of a weapons cache and grenades in his small apartment. We also have the identity of the person killed at the bus terminal incident and he has a criminal record for violent robbery which makes him a prime suspect in that grenade blast. The thing bounced off the bus window it was thrown at and it might have backfired at him this way but we are still investigating his movements and what he was up to before the incident. Right now we cannot confirm or rule out his complicity in the attack. For now, police searches are going on all over Kenya, not just Nairobi or Mombasa, and we are sure to find more suspects soon,” a source with connections to the security apparatus in Nairobi said last evening.

Kenya’s capital enjoyed a quiet night, although bars and “nyama choma joints”, places where roast meet is served, which are hugely popular amongst Kenyans, were rather slow, as wananchi hurried home from work trying to avoid crowded public places. Entrance check points been set up everywhere, equipped with metal detectors and hand held scanners, while briefcases and handbags were routinely searched when entering government and private office buildings, restaurants and shopping malls. The hotels in addition also search cars entering their premises. Airlines too have reportedly turned up the already high security measures – a further notch to be sure of preventing incidents.

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