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Kenyan police seize ‘terror’ jail escapees

Kenyan police on Thursday stated they captured three terror inmates who had escaped from a high-security jail in a scandal that value the nation’s prisons boss his job.

The authorities had launched a nationwide manhunt for the trio, who included a convict serving 41 years for involvement in one among Kenya’s deadliest terror assaults.


The inmates had been picked up in a city about 200 km (120 miles) east of Nairobi, following their jailbreak from Kamiti Most Safety Jail on the outskirts of the capital on Monday.

“The suspects had been arrested after detectives obtained a tip-off from locals and moved swiftly to arrest the trio,” the Directorate of Prison Investigations stated on Twitter, posting an image of the three.

READ: Kenya launches manhunt after ‘harmful’ inmates flee jail


Prisons boss Wycliffe Ogallo was sacked on Wednesday and briefly arrested over the embarrassing escape, which additionally noticed the arrest of different jail authority officers in addition to wardens on the Kamiti facility.

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Media reviews stated there have been conflicting accounts about how the three males managed to interrupt out of Kenya’s most closely guarded jail.

A press release from the presidency spoke solely of “safety breaches”.


Of the three, Mohamed Ali Abikar was discovered responsible in 2019 of being a member of Al-Shabaab and abetting the Somali jihadist group within the slaughter of 148 individuals at Garissa College in japanese Kenya in April 2015.

It was the second bloodiest terror assault in Kenya’s historical past, surpassed solely by Al-Qaeda’s bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998 that killed 213 individuals.

The opposite two had been recognized as Joseph Juma Odhiambo, who was arrested in 2019 for attempting to enlist in Al-Shabaab, and Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga who was detained in 2012 over a foiled assault on Kenya’s parliament.

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