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PASTOR WITH BOMB HAD BUS TICKET TO COAST FOR NO CAMP RALLY.

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The man said to be a pastor and arrested by police while ferrying key bomb-making materials, was to arrive in Mombasa on the night preceding on Sunday’s ‘No’ rally in the Coastal city, security sources have revealed. Investigators have also established the man, who was carrying a safety pin and detonator for the bomb, and who calls himself Pastor John Kamau of Victory Church, is a nominated Party of National Unity (PNU) Council. Gitau’s fellow civic leaders are, however, unsure if he is in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ side. Members of the church he was said to belong to told The Standard he was excommunicated a while back. The Anti-terrorist Police Unit (ATPU) has taken over the investigations. Kenya’s anti-terror police chief Mr Nicholas Kamwende termed the arrests a ‘breakthrough’ and said their investigations were progressing well. He conceded his team had ‘good’ hints it was chasing. "This (anti-terrorism) is a war that all Kenyans should join to win. It can affect you or your loved ones, and it must be stopped at all costs," said Kamwende. But police were unwilling to reveal what Kamau had planned to do with the explosives in Mombasa, though they said the suspect booked himself on a Mombasa-bound bus, which was to leave Nairobi at 10pm on Saturday. He had another ticket for his colleague, a ‘man from Dagoretti’ from whom he bought his lethal ware, including ammonium nitrate. Kamau is said to have bought the tickets from the bus company in the morning on Saturday, and booked to travel the same night, meaning he and his accomplice would have been in Mombasa at dawn on the day of the ‘No’ rally. Kamau was arrested with a quarryman, Samuel Chege Gitau, as he drove him to Githunguri, where he was to take him through the steps of assembling the explosives. Afterwards, it appears he had planned to travel back and catch the bus with his supplier. Should we trust our church leaders...???

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