Kenya's Mombasa on terror alert, 2 arrested

NAIROBI – Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa was on high alert late Monday after police arrested two men driving an explosive-laden car.

"I can confirm that two suspects have been arrested," Inspector General of Kenya Police David Kimaiyo told Anadolu Agency.

The police arrested the two suspects, a Kenyan of Somali descent and a Somali, based on a tip off.

Military officers were called in by police to handle the situation. They were later followed by the Bomb Disposal Unit to take care of the two improvised explosive devices (IED’s).

According to Kimaiyo, the two suspects might have been part of a larger group.

"They could be part of criminals who we are currently trailing. They were intercepted before they carried out any attack," said the police inspector.

"We are still investigating what their motive was, what the IEDs were meant for and where they planned to carry out the attack," Kimaiyo told AA. 

"We also want to know the location where they assemble some of these things, any information or details pertaining that," he added. "We want to know where they are from and who sent them."

Kenya has been on high alert since militants attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall last year, killing 67 people. The attack was later claimed by the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab. 

Mombasa residents have been asked to be on the look-out to prevent such tragedies from befalling them.

In 2002, Mombasa was attacked by militants who killed 13 people and injured 80 others.

The city has also seen frequent grenade attacks on unsuspecting civilians and tourists over the years.

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