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Woman arraigned in court over links to Kenya police station attack

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan prosecutors on Thursday arraigned the widow of the slain Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo in court, charged with links to an attack on a police station.

Haniya Said Saggar was arrested on Wednesday as part of investigations into the attack on Sunday by three women on a police station in the port city of Mombasa. The trio was killed by police at the scene while two officers were injured.

The Director of Public Prosecution said Saggar was directly connected in the Sunday attack.

Police say they have intercepted communication between Saggar and one of the slain women attackers, Ramla (Tasnim) Abdirahman Hussein, who was also the mastermind of the attack.

Police say the two were in communication prior to the attack and there was financial transaction between them.

"We are investigating whether she was receiving funds to support terrorism activities in the country," an unnamed senior investigation officer told Xinhua in Mombasa.

State prosecutor Eugene Wangila said Saggar was allegedly involved in a wide terrorism network, adding that they were trying to complete the investigation within two weeks before she can stand trial.

Mombasa Resident Magistrate Emmanuel Mutunga directed that the accused be remanded in police custody until Friday.

Saggar’s husband Rogo was gunned down in the coastal region in 2012 when he was facing charges of weapons possession and being a recruiter for the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.

Saggar’s arrest brings to four the number of women detained over the weekend attack.

The court on Wednesday directed three Somali women refugees suspected of habouring the three assailants in Mombasa to undergo health and psychiatric examinations. Defence lawyers, Ababukar Yussuf and Chacha Mwita, have however dismissed the application, terming it as baseless and infringement of their clients’ fundamental rights.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack, but suspicion is likely to fall on Al-Shabaab, which has staged several bloody attacks in Kenya in recent years.


Kenyan police arrest woman over links with police station attack

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s anti-terrorism police on Wednesday arrested the widow of slain and controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo over alleged links with Sunday’s attack by three women on a police station in the port city of Mombasa.

More than ten police officers raided the home of Hania Said Saggar in the coastal area of Kikambala, Kilifi county, in the evening.

The police said they intercepted communication between Sagaar and the three women who were killed by police when they stormed the police station on Sunday, injuring two officers.

According to the police, Saggar was in constant communication with one of the female attacker Ramla Abdilrahman Hussein, who was also the mastermind of Sunday’s attack.

"We are holding her for alleged role in the Sunday attack. We believe she was part of wide plot to carry out the attack in the coastal town," an unnamed senior anti-terrorism police officer said.

Saggar is believed to have been radicalized after her husband Rogo was gunned down in Bamburi, Mombasa county in 2012.

Rogo, then chief cleric at a mosque, was facing charges of weapons possession and being a recruiter for the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab militants have carried out several bloody attacks in Kenya in recent years.

The attack on the police station in Mombasa came as relative calm has been witnessed in Kenya’s coastal region for the last two years.

Three women terror suspects arraigned in Mombasa Court

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- Three women were arraigned in Kenya’s court on Tuesday facing charges of harbouring three terror suspects in the coastal city of Mombasa.

The three Naima Mohammed, Saida Ali Haji and Shukuri Ali Haji were however not allowed to take plea since they had difficulties in communicating.

State Prosecutor Erick Masila said they will bring a Somali translator and sign language interpreter for the accused before they can be allowed to take plea. The three are Somali refugees.

Mombasa Resident magistrate Emmanuel Mutunga has ordered the three to be detained at port police station until Wednesday before they can stand trial.

Masila said the three were harboring persons concerned in commission of terrorism act.

The three were arrested immediately after Sunday’s foiled attack at central police station where three female attackers were shot dead by police.

Mombasa County commander Peterson Maelo said preliminary reports indicate that the incident was terrorist attack but motives have not been established.

Police are also investigating the possibility that the three could have been motivated to carry out the attack to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in the United States.



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