A Kenyan detained in DRC over the bombing of a church that claimed 17 lives is wanted in Nairobi over a robbery case involving Sh11 million.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had in July 2022 circulated pictures of Abdirizak Muktar Garad alias Abdirizack Moktar Garat saying he was wanted over the disappearance of approximately Sh11 million from a safe at Salama Centre Building, in Eastleigh.
“DCI is appealing to the members of the public for any information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect who has since gone into hiding,” read part of a dispatch by DCI then.
Garad is a son of a serving sergeant of police based in Nairobi.
A family spokesman said they were aware he had joined a terror group in DRC.
He is said to have fled the country in July 2022 after the Eastleigh incident.
President William Ruto condemned the bomb attack on a church in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, January 14.
The attack on the 8th CEPAC Lubiriha Church in the eastern city of Kalindi, left at least 17 people dead and about 39 others injured.
“Kenya condemns this heinous crime and commends the DRC forces for their swift action that led to the arrest of suspected terrorists,” Ruto said.
According to the Armed Forces of the DRC (FARDC), the attack was perpetrated “in retaliation for the losses these terrorists have suffered in several battlefields against the FARDC.”
FARDC spokesperson Anthony Mualushayi said it was likely carried out by the Allied Democratic Force (ADF), a Ugandan group that has pledged allegiance to ISIL (ISIS).
Reports said that later on Sunday, the ISIL group claimed responsibility for the attack.