NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan man arrested after two grenade blasts shook the country's capital, Nairobi, admitted in court Wednesday that he participated in one of the attacks and is a member of the Somali militant group Al Shabaab.
Elgiva Bwire Oliacha pleaded guilty to nine charges connected to the deadly blast Monday evening at a Nairobi bus stop, according to Tristan McConnell, GlobalPost’s senior correspondent in East Africa. At least one person died in the attack and eight more were injured, the Guardian reports.
More charges will be brought against Oliacha, 28, on Friday relating to the second Monday blast that targeted a Nairobi bar and wounded a dozen people, a Kenyan police officer told AP. Oliacha is expected to plead guilty to those charges, also.
Oliacha was arrested Tuesday night by Kenyan anti-terror police officers at his home in a city slum, which housed 13 grenades, an AK47, a rifle, a machine gun, four pistols and ammunition,” according to BBC. Police have described him as from a Kenyan tribe and not a native Somali.
The dual grenade attacks at the bus stop and a Nairobi bar Monday came two weeks after Kenya launched its offensive into Somalia against Al Shabaab. Kenya blames the radical Islamist group for a series of recent kidnappings in which foreigners have been abducted from Kenya and taken into Somalia, according to BBC. One of the abducted people, a disabled Frenchwoman, died while being held by her kidnappers.
Al Shabaab denied responsibility for the kidnappings and it has threatened reprisal attacks within Kenya for sending troops into Somalia.