- Title: Kenya says it has killed three militants planning attacks in Mombasa
- Date: 1st October 2019
- Summary: MOMBASA, KENYA (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** POLICE OFFICER SHOWING JOURNALISTS A CACHE OF WEAPONS SEIZED FROM SUSPECTED TERRORISTS / OFFICER HOLDING UP GUN BULLETS, SHOTGUN CARTRIDGES, GRENADE AND BALACLAVA MASK DISPLAYED ON TABLE VARIOUS OF POLICE OFFICERS MACHETES, BULLETS AND GUN AMONG WEAPONS LAID ON TABLE / BALACLAVA, GRENADE, SHOTGUN CARTRIDGES, BULLETS AND CLOTHING DISPLAYED ON TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS IN THE COAST, PAUL LETING, SAYING: "The whole night, the whole rain that rained on them until this morning when we were able to succeed. That is quality work." VARIOUS OF WEAPONS ON THE TABLE AND PEOPLE TAKING PICTURES ON MOBILE PHONES POLICE OFFICERS INSPECTING SEIZED POLICE APPAREL VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE POLICE STATION
- Embargoed: 15th October 2019 17:40
- Keywords: Kenya militants Mombasa weapons seized terrorism al Shabaab
- Location: MOMBASA, KENYA
- City: MOMBASA, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA001AZ9P2YV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kenyan police shot dead three men suspected of planning militant attacks in the coastal city of Mombasa on Tuesday (October 1), ahead of national day celebrations to be hosted in the city this month, according to a senior official.
The suspects were killed in a raid on a house in Majengo Mapya, a suburb in the city's south, said Paul Leting, director of criminal investigations in the coast region. Seven other suspects were detained.
Weapons including a grenade, 1,700 rounds of ammunition, a rifle and 15 pistol holders were seized in the raid, Leting said. Police also recovered two bullet-proof jackets, Quran journals, police and military uniforms, military face masks, eight machetes and gun oil from the suspects' hideout.
Two security sources who asked not to be identified said the slain suspects were on Kenya's terrorism watch-list and had been trailed for a while.
A terrorism alert from police last month warned that fighters from the al Shabaab Islamist group in neighbouring Somalia were planning attacks at targets including churches, universities, hospitals and schools in Kenya's coast region. Leting did not say whether the suspects were connected to al Shabaab.
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