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Kenyan terror suspect is Shabaab member

2012-09-17 14:39

Nairobi - A Kenyan terrorist suspect admits in court that he was in possession of six bombs including four suicide vests and that he is a member of al-Shabaab, the Somali Islamist extremist group allied to al-Qaeda that has vowed terrorist attacks on Kenya.

Abdi Majid Yassin Mohammed admitted before magistrate Lucy Nyambura on Monday that he is a member of al-Shabaab and that he was in possession of the explosives and 481 bullets. His co-accused, Omar Abdi Adan, denied 10 charges against him including the weapons charges.

The two suspects were arrested on Friday in a raid which police said disrupted a major terrorist attack in the final stages of planning.

Al-Shabaab has vowed to carry out attacks in Kenya because the country sent troops into Somalia in October to fight the rebels.