Police in Kenya have in detention two Ugandan men believed to be behind the tragic murder of the top Cleric and Spokesperson of the Kibuli Muslim faction. Sheikh Hassan Kirya.
According to Daily Nation, Lukwiya Malcom and Emmanuel Oneka were reportedly arrested Wednesday, July 1 in a hideout in Kabete, Nairobi, after allegedly sneaking out of the country, hours after the murder.
Sheikh Kirya was gunned down on Tuesday evening on his way home after he stopped at Bweyogerere to purchase fruits.
Another Kenyan truck driver was also shot dead in the attack after he he flashed lights onto the murderers.
The duo, who were arrested in Nairobi are also being linked to the global Muslim terror group ISIS.
A Nairobi court today ordered a 30 days extension of their detention as investigation in their case proceeds.
Kenyan Police described the two men in an affidavit as “trained assassins involved in the killing of prominent people.”
An analysis of their phone call data according to police revealed that they were in constant communication with two known ISIS recruiters hiding in Tanzania and Sudan.
“The suspects are connected with a syndicate that is recruiting youths in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania who then go to Syria to join ISIS.
“They are connected with one Sebit, a Ugandan who is in Juba, South Sudan, a known recruiter who has been in constant contact with them,” Sergeant Ezekiel Luley of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) told the court.
He said the suspects were also connected to one Ali, “who is in Bukoba, Tanzania, also a known ISIS agent”
Meanwhile another suspect, a one Ssenabulia Rajab, an Alliance Democratic Front [ADF] fighter, was arrested in connection with the killing of the Sheikh Kirya and by the records of his phone call data it is noted that he was in constant communication with the two.
A heavy security detail accompanied Malcom, 20, and Oneka, 24, when they were brought before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo on Thursday.
The suspects were reported by concerned residents as they tried to rent a house in Lower Kibete, Nairobi.
Police asked the court to treat the suspects as “dangerous to the security of the State” because “the two are trained in arms to carry out assassinations as is happening in Uganda.”