Three Kenyan dangerous terror convicts who escaped from a maximum security prison in Nairobi were on Thursday re-arrested in eastern Kenya while trying to flee to neighbouring Somalia, the directorate of criminal investigations said.
The group raised suspicions when they sought directions to Boni Forest, close to the Somali border, the Daily Nation reported. The escapees looked dishevelled and one was limping, the Daily Nation said, quoting witnesses.
They were now back to the Kenyan capital, the Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti said.
One of the convicts Mohamed Ali Abikar was sentenced to 41 years in prison for taking part in the 2015 attack on Garissa University in eastern Kenya that killed 148 people, mostly students.
The two other escapees from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison were Joseph Juma Odhiambo, jailed for trying to join Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab in 2019, and Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga, arrested for his participation in a foiled 2012 attack on parliament.
Police had described all three escapees as “dangerous” and placed a bounty on them worth 60 million Kenyan shilling ($535,240) reward for information that could lead to their recapture.
On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta sacked the country’s prisons boss Wycliffe Ogallo over the escape.
Eight people who worked at the prison were arraigned on Tuesday over their role in the escape.