Kenyan police said Saturday they are holding a terror suspect who was arrested as he tried to access Narok stadium, where President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over Madaraka Day celebrations.
Adan Galhai, alias Urisha Galhai, was first arrested by military officers on Friday night as he tried to enter the stadium on suspicion of terror activities but he managed to escape, a Narok senior police officer said.
“He wanted to enter the stadium yesterday (Friday) and when searched, his national identity card and another identity card written as national security were recovered from him. When he was being questioned about the same he escaped,” the police officer said.
Galhai, 22, was rearrested on Saturday morning when he went back to the stadium.
His motive was not immediately established.
“Following the incident, security in and around the stadium was heightened,” the police officer said.
The suspect, who was later picked up by officers from the anti-terror unit for questioning, acknowledged that he had been undergoing training in Somalia.
According to police, Galhai, who has been living in an Eastleigh residential estate in Nairobi, is suspected to have “connections with the terror group al-Shabab.”