Student held in Kenyan mall attack probe

A student has been held in Kenya in connection with the ongoing investigation into last month`s terror attack in Nairobi`s upscale Westgate shopping mall.

Mombasa: A student has been held in Kenya in connection with the ongoing investigation into last month`s terror attack in Nairobi`s upscale Westgate shopping mall that left over 70 people killed and about 175 wounded in the four-day siege.

The Kenyan authorities on Thursday arrested a student in the coastal city Mombasa in connection to the ongoing investigation. The 19 year-old Form Three student identified as Said Nassir Haddir was trailed and picked from his home in Kisauni, Mombasa by police, Xinhua reported.

The student, who holds a valid Tanzania passport, had communicated with some of the terror suspects being held by police in Nairobi, police said.

Head of Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) Boniface Mwaniki confirmed the arrest, adding that police were holding him for questioning. "He is undergoing interrogation with the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit on suspicion of being al-Shabaab member and his role in the Westgate siege."

Police recovered several passports from the student and sent them to Nairobi for further analysis at the immigration and Cid departments.