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Kamiti 3 Terrorists Return To Prison In Blindfolds (VIDEOS)

They were ordered out of the chopper that had ferried them from Mwingi East, Kitui County, where they were busted trying to escape Kenya into nearby Somalia.

The Kamiti 3 terrorists, nicknamed so because of their daring escape from the country’s most secure prison, arrived back at the facility blindfolded and received by Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Fred Matiang’i on Thursday, November 18.

They were ordered out of the chopper that had ferried them from Mwingi East, Kitui County, where they were busted trying to escape Kenya into nearby Somalia.

The trio, Musharaf Abdallah Akhulunga (Shukri), Mohamed Abdi Abikas (Mohamed Ali Abikar) and Joseph Juma Odhiambo had their eyes concealed with blindfolds to protect them from the cameras that were charging down on them.

 A contingent of security officers then led them into the back of a police vehicle to ship them back to the prison.

A relieved Matiang’i revealed to the press that enhanced measures were taken to ensure such an incident did not happen in the future.

“It has been an awakening that there are certain lapses that we need to deal with. We have spent the last 3 days working on how to deal with certain challenges,” he stated.

He further expressed hope that such a case would not happen again as it threw the country into worry given the nasty experiences with terrorists over the years.

“I pray to God that we never get here as a Country because the level of anxiety the Country got into, was unnecessary because of the lapses that were here,” he added.

He further thanked the National Intelligence Service (NIS), National Police Service (NPS) and the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) who worked very hard in apprehending the suspects.

Locals in Kitui County had revealed that the three were spotted at Malalani shopping centre and bought a lot of water. Sources revealed that they were having a meal at a local joint before they were spotted by residents who alerted the police, further exposed by photos shared online.

The three also bought a lot of milk, bread and biscuits from local shops and paid with cash. They looked exhausted and one of them had wounds, but what had raised their suspicion before locals tipped police officers was when they asked directions to Boni Forest in Lamu County with an intention to escape to Somalia.

The residents also revealed to journalists that one of the convicts was limping with a swollen leg. They also noted that the trio was lost, unaware of where they were.

They had asked how they could connect to the Garissa and Tana River counties from the area, which raised suspicion among the residents as they did not carry luggage, but one had carried a gunny bag.

They had also matched what the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) revealed in posters shared via their social media handles, which also put all security agencies in Kenya on red alert.

They were transported to Nairobi County for safe custody and further questioning. Kenya Airforce airlifted officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) from Wilson Airport to secure their arrest and transported them back to prison.

Their escape prompted President Uhuru Kenyatta to stage a crisis meeting at State House with security officials. The meeting had led to the firing of Commissioner General of Prisons Service, Wycliffe Ogallo.

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