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.
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
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
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
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.