A mother and her daughter have been arrested in Nairobi after being found in possession of arms and ammunition.
An M4 sniper rifle, four pistols and a close-quarter Uzi automatic sub machine gun were seized from the suspects. DCI Anti-Terror Police Unit believe the weapons were for conducting terror activities in the country.
The M4 sniper rifle, one of the world’s most dangerous hand-held weapons, has an effective range of 500 metres. It can used to conduct assassinations, especially of high-profile figures who terrorists cannot access at close range. The Uzi sub machine gun is capable of firing over 600 rounds per minute.
An assortment of over 3,700 rounds of ammunition of different calibre, was also recovered. The anti-terror police believe the weapons were sneaked into the country.
Detectives are holding the suspects- who are say to have dual citizenship- for further interrogation, as ballistic examination of the arms continues.
U.S Travel Alert
On April 8, the U.S government warned its citizens to “exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping.”
“Terrorist attacks have occurred with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, hotels, resorts, markets/shopping malls, and places of worship. Terrorist acts have included armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings,” said the U.S Embassy in Kenya while issuing the ‘Level 4’ alert.