Officials: Kenyan police stop major terror attack update
A self-confessed member of the Al-Shabaab terror group found in possession of an arsenal of arms in Nairobi will undergo a psychiatric examination before a court rules on his fate.Mr Abdimajid Yassin Mohammed alias Ali Hussein shocked a parked courtroom on Monday when he pleaded guilty to nine charges linking him to terrorism.He was charged alongside Mr Omar Abdi alias Adan Salman Abdi, a Somali, who denied being a member of banned group but confessed to being in Kenya illegally.Mr Yassin was warned several times of the penalty that awaited him, but he smiled confidently maintaining the accusations were true.At one time he told the magistrate to "put a tick" against the charges - meaning he understood their import and had pleaded guilty.Magistrate Lucy Nyambura ordered Mr Yassin be examined before the case resumes on September 20."By the the demeanour displayed in court I would want a psychiatric report compiled before the facts of the case are read out," the magistrate ruled.The duo were arrested in a police operation in the city's Eastleigh estate last week as police issued an alert that members of the Al Shabaab had been dispatched in town and were getting ready to carry out deadly attacks including assassinations in the country.Mr Yassin told the court police arrested him on September 14 along Eastleigh's 4th street second avenue and found him in possession of a cache of firearms including four suicide vests fitted with remote controlled buttons.The court heard he was found in possession of the improvised explosive vests weighing 30 kilograms, four AK 47 assault rifles bullets and grenades.He said he was a member of the Al-Shabaab and caused laughter in court by adding that - by the weapons found in his possession- he "could even be more than" a member of terror gang.On a charge stating he was found illegally in Kenya, Mr Yassin said the police were wrong."I am a Kenyan I was born here," he said, but his suspected accomplice pleaded guilty to the charge.
Suspect: I am an Al Shabaab