On Tuesday afternoon, a man carrying an explosive device was arrested when he tried to enter a shopping mall in Nairobi, according to the mall’s managers
He was arrested after acting suspiciously, two sniffer dogs later confirmed the small hand-held device he carried had explosive material in it. The police “safely neutralized” the device following an evacuation of the mall, in a statement on Tuesday Nairobi’s Garden City Mall said.
3 men have been questioned by the Kenyan police over the incident, said Robinson Mboloi, police chief for Nairobi’s Kasarani region.
“This afternoon we had an incident at the Garden City Mall where three people were arrested with an improvised explosive device,” he said. “They were detected while entering during screening and they were uncooperative, and on being searched one was found with the device.”
Unit of officers from bomb disposal had securely detonated the device, he said, disclosing that investigators are inspecting whether the suspects have a place with any known extremist groups.
In September 2013, extremist groups from the Somali radical group al-Shabab murdered no less than 67 individuals in an assault on Nairobi’s Upscale Westgate Mall.
The East African nation has been confronting the risk of assaults from al-Shabab since sending troops to battle the Somali rebels in 2011.