Suspected terrorist grabs rifle and tries to escape from Garissa camp

Garissa County coordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh

After grabbing a rifle from an officer, a suspected Islamic extremist who was being interrogated by security services, attempted to shoot his way out of a military camp where he was being held in Garissa, County co-ordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh said on yesterday (17 November).

The suspect managed to reach a nearby hotel where he was surrounded by hundreds of officers who had cordoned off the area and engaged the suspect in a shootout which continued until he was injured, ran out of bullets and arrested.

“He ran out of bullets before being recaptured. He had been arrested for questioning for planning terror attacks and he is a member of Al-Shabaab.” – Garissa County Co-ordinator Mohamud Ali Saleh.

An official, who requested anonymity, said the suspect was shot and wounded in the leg before being recaptured.

Military spokesman Col David Obonyo confirmed the incident and said they are investigating the matter.

Understandably, this incident caused panic in Garissa where memories tensions are still high after the massacre of 147 people on April 2 in a university by four gunmen believed to be members of Somali extremist group al-Shabab.

Following the Islamist extremist attacks in Paris last Friday night which left at least 129 people dead, security has been stepped up. The increase in security is also to ensure the safety of Pope Francis’ visit next week with Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet warning recently that al-Shabab may be planning an attack.