Police officers on Thursday released a statement about a seemingly serious terror plot to attack GSU Recce headquarters in Ruiru, Kiambu county by a very trained officer. A terror plot it also reported to have thwarted.
The man who was allegedly planning the General Service Unit attack was Eric Ngethe Kanyingi – a former member of Recce squad with service number 97861.
He is said to have quit the elite unit in 2014 and had been under investigation over terrorism for a while now.
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Police were able to disrupt the attack, following a continuous monitoring that led to a raid officer’s house in Githurai 44 On Wednesday night.
As they stepped into his house, the security agency found three AK 47 rifles, 178 bullets and some materials, indicating that indeed the officer had been radicalized.
During the raid that took place at 2am, police arrested and detained Ngethe’s accomplice in the house, but the ex-policeman made an escape. The man is still at large but police took custody of the weapons found.
One officer is reported to have said:
“The man was under our watch for some time, that is what led to the raid last night but we did not get him. We arrested his accomplice and we are now looking for him.”
Detectives who participated in the raid noted that the former officer has originally been seen at Riyadh Mosque. The sighting gave credence to police’s suspicions that he is an Al Shabaab sympathiser.
Police Spokesman George Kinoti confirmed the recovery of the weapons and stated that police had intensified a search for the suspect after they were warned of a looming attack on the headquarters.
This would have been another terror plot that would rock the force from within. Last month a police officers sprayed bullets in a police station killing several policemen, including Kapenguria OCS.
The attacker was later killed but it is still unclear whether he acted alone or if the attack was Al-shabaab inspired.