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Kenyan Police Stop Terrorist Attack

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A major terrorist attack was thwarted by Kenyan police last Friday, as they arrested two people connected with the plot. Officials say the Somalian foreigners were armed with explosive devices and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition. Now, a manhunt has been launched for eight more suspects, including would-be bombers and the masterminds behind the planned attack. The pair was caught and captured in the capital city of Nairobi, where many Somali immigrants live, and are suspected of being linked to al-Shabab, a militant group in neighboring Somalia.

Police found four suicide vests rigged with hundreds of metal ball bearings, two improvised explosive devices, also rigged with ball bearings, four AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition, and 12 grenades. The vests that were planned to be used in Nairobi are similar to ones used in attacks in Uganda on crowds watching the soccer World Cup final on TV in July 2010, killing 76 people. With the two suspects identified as Abdul Majid Yassin Mohammed, 26, a Kenyan of Somalia origin, and Suleiman Abdi Aden from Somalia, analysts have warned that al-Shabab could be planning a large-scale attack.

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