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Al Shabaab militants appear in Kenyan in court

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The suspects were planning to blow up Kenya's Supreme Court.

JOHANNESBURG – Five Al Shabaab militants who planned to blow up Kenya’s Supreme Court and other government installations in the capital Nairobi were due in court on Thursday.

Anthony Kitila Makau, Mohamed Osman Nane, John Kiarie, and Lydia Nyawira Mburu are alleged to have played a major role in helping Abdimajit Hassan Adan who attempted to transport a vehicle laden with a total of 110 kg of Trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosives, five AK-47 rifles, 36 gun magazines, three modified Nokia phones, 36 unprimed hand grenades, 18 pairs of grenade primers, five military-grade projectiles, and three military knives, to the capital last month.

However, Adan was intercepted in Merti, Isiolo by police before he could carry out his deadly plans.

Security officials say the suspects targeted the Supreme Court as the epicentre of the bomb attack, which would have been followed by successive explosions at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Parliament Buildings, County Hall, Technical University of Kenya, Central Bus Station, Jeevanjee Gardens, Serena Hotel, the University of Nairobi, and Milimani Law Courts, Kenya’s Daily Nation reported.

A document profiling the suspects and their Kenyan aides, all of whom operated from Nairobi, states that Adan had previously travelled to Somalia to join Al Shabaab in early 2015, underwent training in various camps in Somalia. They had carried out some “assignments” in Somalia and in Kenya.

He was also responsible for procuring the vehicles to be used in the attacks, sourcing safe houses and facilitating movement of the vehicle laden with explosives to Nairobi from El Adde in Somalia.

– African News Agency (ANA)