New details have emerged indicating that one of the terror suspects shot dead last week in Kisauni was an employee of the Mombasa County Government.
The suspect , Salim Hanjary Bedzimba, who is a step-brother to Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba, was reportedly an administrative officer of the County Government and a personal assistant to a Member of County Assembly (MCA).
According to an intelligence officer who spoke to the Standard, Bedzimba had, however, deserted his duties at the county since January but was still on the payroll.
“The man disappeared from his work place as an administrative officer because he knew he would be arrested,” said the officer.
The Intelligence officer further noted that the deceased had escaped a police raid in Majengo, early this year in which a local chief’s son was detained over alleged terror links.
Bedzimba was killed alongside another suspect, Kibwana Ahmed Abdallah, with police saying they were with two others who got away with bullet wounds during the 4pm incident in Mshomoroni, Kisauni Sub-County.
According to police, the duo was gunned down after they opened fire at officers who had surrounded their house in Mshomoroni.
Confirming the incident, Kisauni deputy OCPD Walter Abondo said police recovered three Russian and Chinese hand grenades, four detonators, 17 rounds of ammunition, one plastic and two liquid explosives, two pairs of energizer batteries among other accessories used in making bombs.
A section of coast region leaders led by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho condemned the killing of the two, arguing that they were not terror suspects