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Kenya: Alleged financier of Al Shabab University attack arrested in Nairobi


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(By Bonny Apunyu)
Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Monday arrested Muslim cleric alleged to have been involved in financing the militant attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists on Kenyan Garissa University College that claimed some 148 lives.

AFP says Omar was detained in Kenyan capital Nairobi to help police with investigations . The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit reportedly on Monday got a 30-day extended detention order by a court against Sheikh Hassan Mahat Omar, who was arrested on Friday.

According to Kenyan Police, Omar has "close links" with Mohammed Kuno, alias Sheikh Mahammad, alias Dulydin, alias Garmadhere, Al-Shabaab's leader in the Juba region of Somalia and the alleged mastermind of the recent terrorist attack at the learning institution.

Mr Omar and a Mr Ali Hassan Gure, who is yet to be presented in court, are involved in the financing of terrorism, the prosecution alleged in court on Monday.
"They are high-profile personalities and are believed to be key terrorism financiers in the country," a prosecutor said.

An affidavit presented before the court states that Mr Omar was arrested at his residence in Eastleigh on April 17, while Mr Gure was arrested around the Thika Road Mall on April 19 but he is yet to appear before police detectives investigating 85 people suspected to be associated with Al-Shabaab (AFP)