A Nyeri court Friday released three people suspected to have been involved in the Dusit hotel terror attack after police failed to produce evidence against them.

Resident Magistrate, Nelly Kariuki allowed the application by the prosecution to release Abdul Kibiringi, James Mwai Mwangi and Habiba Gedi Hunsur after investigations by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) failed to link them to the attack.

Officer in charge of crime at the ATPU, Inspector Cyprian Gitonga said the suspects could not be directly linked to the attack that led to the death of 21 people.

“We have completed investigations in liaison with the ATPU and from the findings, no offense has been discovered on the part of the suspects before court,” said the officer.

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“We hereby wish to withdraw the miscellaneous application that sought to continue holding the suspects and close the file,” said the Inspector Gitonga.

The suspects have been in remand since Monday after the court allowed anti-terror detectives to detain them in order to interrogate them further and complete investigations.

The three were being investigated over alleged conspiracy to commit an offense of terrorism as they were alleged to have been in contact with some of the hotel attackers prior to the incident.


The ATPU had told the court that they wanted to obtain the suspects’ call logs data from the telecommunication network providers.

“Initial investigations indicate the suspects have a link with some of the suspects in the attack at Dusit hotel. Police are waiting for call logs data to finalize investigations,” said Constable Newton Mwangi.

The suspects were arrested in Nyeri Town last week on Friday night within Majengo slums and Kangemi estate.

Shortly after last month’s terror attack, police released photos of nine suspects believed to be linked to the Dusit D2 complex terror attack that left 21 people dead.

The nine described as armed, dangerous and radicalized Kenyans include Violet Kemunto alias Khadija, Dido Mohamed Fugicha alias Dingdong, Hussein Adan Hussein alias Etto, Gadaffi alias Munene, Abdi Ali Kachora, Ramathan Wario Bonaya alias Rasho, Boru Abdi Bidu, Omari and one unnamed middle aged man.