University Student Detained over Terror Link

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University Student Detained over Terror Link
Javan Morton Murai, alias Jamal, at the Marsabit Police Station on June 13, 2016.

A university student arrested on Friday in Jaldesa, Marsabit County, over terror links will be detained for 14 days pending investigations.

A Marsabit court allowed an application by the police to hold the suspect, Javan Morton Murai, alias Jamal, who was arrested while allegedly on his way to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab.

The 27-year-old suspect is said to be a student at Kabarak University.

Marsabit County Criminal Investigations Officer Bernard Barasa said the suspect was arrested by rangers and Administration Police officers at a borehole in the Jaldesa Community Conservancy.

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Mr. Barasa said the suspect, who hails from Vihiga County, was heading to Somalia to link up with his friends who had joined the the terrorist group.

He was found with materials used to make explosive devices, a hard drive, several identity cards, a modem and a notebook that contained terrorism information on how to destroy buildings.

The prosecution applied for the suspect to be detained for 30 days pending investigations by the Anti Terrorism Police Unit.

The court directed that he be produced in court after 14 days.

Source: Daily Nation

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