3 terror convicts back to prison in Kenya after a daring escape

2021-11-18 22:48:59
3 terror convicts back to prison in Kenya after a daring escape

Three convicted terrorists were recaptured on Thursday after they escaped from a maximum-security prison in the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi.

The escapees included Mohamed Ali Abikar, sentenced to 41 years for a 2015 attack on Garissa University in eastern Kenya that killed 148 people, mostly students.

The two other escapees from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison were Joseph Juma Odhiambo, jailed for trying to join the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabaab in 2019, and Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga, arrested for his participation in a foiled 2012 attack on parliament.

Police had described all three escapees as “dangerous” and offered a 60 million Kenyan shilling ($535,240) reward for information that could lead to their recapture.

Police said they were fleeing towards Boni Forest which borders Somalia when they were cornered by security agents, hours after residents reported seeing them in Malalani market in Endau location, some 100 kilometres East of Kitui town.

On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked the country’s prisons boss Wycliffe Ogallo over the escape, Kenyatta’s office said in a statement.

Eight people who worked at the prison were arraigned on Tuesday over their role in the escape, according to a document from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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