Kenyan Police arrest suspect in Garissa attacks
Kenyan police on Saturday (February 23rd) arrested a man they suspect is responsible for a series of attacks in Garissa during the past several months, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.
The suspect is being interrogated by officers from the anti-terrorism police unit, said police officer Charlton Mureithi.
Police also believe that about five people were killed in a bomb blast at a Garissa primary school playground last week, after they found three left legs at the site.
A week ago, at least one suicide bomber was killed as a bomb he was assembling exploded in northern Kenyan town of Garissa town, near the border with Somalia.
The body parts of the suspected male bomber were found scattered at the Garissa Primary School playing ground near the main dais, according the Standard newspaper.
Two pistols, one full and a damaged one were found at the scene too, it added.
Police and other locals said the bomb was too powerful as it was felt about ten kilometers away from the scene.
A Kenyan presidential candidate Martha Karua was schedule to hold a rally in the area to drum up support for her presidential bid.
In the past year, there have been over 40 attacks involving grenades or explosive devices in Kenya, leaving at least 100 people dead and around 220 people injured.
At least 15 of these attacks occurred in North Eastern Province, mainly in Dadaab, Wajir, and Garissa and four in Mombasa.
Six grenade and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks have occurred in Nairobi, illustrating an increase in the number of attacks and an advance in the sophistication of attacks.
They came after the Kenyan troops moved into Somalia to hunt down Al-Shabaab militants who are blamed for several attacks in the country.