6 suspects appear in court in connection to the Nairobi terrorist attack

Six suspects have appeared in a Kenyan court in connection with Tuesday’s terrorist assault on the DusitD2 hotel complex in Nairobi that left 21 dead.

According to a court document, the suspects are accused of “possible involvement” in the attack on the hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were killed by security forces.

A request from the prosecution to detain four men and one woman for 30 days while investigations are ongoing was granted by the magistrate while a sixth suspect will be held until next week. 

In a statement, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said: “The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would therefore require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire criminal syndicate.”

A total of 11 suspects were arrested after Tuesday’s attack, however investigations into the others were still ongoing.

The six who appeared in court were:

  • Taxi driver Joel Ng’ang’a Wainaina, who ferried the attackers around on several occasions;
  • Oliver Kanyango Muthee, another taxi driver who drove one of the assailants to the scene of the attack;
  • Gladys Kaari Justus who is under investigation over transferring money;
  • Candaian citizen Guleid Abdihakim who is being probed over suspicious communication;
  • Osman Ibrahim who is alleged to have met with one of the attackers on January 8;
  • Hussein Muhamed, whose phone showed communication with known Islamists, will be held until next Wednesday.

Among the suspects yet to appear in court were Ali Salim Gichunge and Violet Kemunto Omwoyo. According to court document, they possessed SIM cards that were in “constant communication” with numbers in Somalia.

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