Kenyan journalist nabbed over Uganda islamist attack

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Kenyan security agencies on Saturday arrested a journalist working for an Islamic media house in the coastal city of Mombasa suspected to have been involved in the July 11 twin bomb blasts in Kampala, Uganda, in which over 70 people died.

The twin bomb blasts hit the Kyadondo rugby club and an Ethiopian restaurant in the suburbs of Kampala at a time when people had gathered to watch the world cup finals.

“A group of security officers walked into Radio Salaam offices on Saturday evening and arrested Habib Suleiman. They briefly interviewed him before whisking him away” said his colleague Adam Ahmed.

Suleiman, according to Ahmed, looked scared when he was being taken away. Suleiman is believed to have recently relocated to Mombasa from Nairobi with his wife and one child.

Police chief Leo Nyongesa said his officers “arrested him on suspicion that he
was involved in the Septeber 11 Kampala bombings.”

Nyongesa has indicated that he cannot confirm the extent of Suleiman’s involvement in the deadly attacks as “the investigations at this stage are still premature”.

However, the police chief says his unit has “all reasons to believe he [Suleiman] is linked [to the attack].”

So far 34 people suspected to be connected with the bombing, including Ugandans, Kenyans and Somalis have been charged in Ugandan courts of law for various offenses, including terrorism and murder.

Al Shabab militants, who vowed to attack Uganda and Burundi for sending troops to Somalia claimed responsibility for the attack.

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