Kenya’s anti-terrorism police said, on Thursday, they arrested two women who had sneaked into the country with a cache of arms and ammunition.
Head of anti-terrorism police unit (ATPU), John Gachomo, said the weapons, which included an M4 sniper rifle with an effective range of 500 meters, four pistols, close-quarter Uzi automatic submachine gun capable of firing 600 rounds per minute and 3,700 bullets of different calibre were seized on Wednesday evening during an operation.
Gachomo said the two women, who hold dual U.S. citizenship and live in Nairobi’s Dagoretti Corner area, will be arraigned in court on Thursday.
“We are yet to know the motive of the two but we are investigating the issue,’’ he said on the phone.
He added that the weapons have been taken to experts for ballistic examination.
Gachomo added the weapons seem to have been illegally imported into the country for terror activities.
This comes in the wake of police revelations that they have been thwarting efforts by al-Shabab militants to attack critical installations and learning institutions in the country.