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Unanswered questions over terror attack car’s duplicate number plate


The terrorist attack at Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi has yet again reignited the debate on vehicles bearing duplicate number plates in the city.

This is after it emerged that there was another car with the same registration number of KCN 340E as the one which was used to ferry the suspected terrorists to 14 Riverside Drive premises where the attack took place.

On Wednesday afternoon, detectives drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) department stormed Geojoska Apartments where the owner of the second car lived.

The officers impounded the car and took it to Kitengela Police Station, where it is currently being held.

CAR DESCRIPTION

A police source however has told Nairobi News that the description of the car given by the National Transport and Safety Board (NTSA) matched with that of the one that was being held in Kitengela, Nairobi.

“The details that we have so far found match with those given by NTSA, but due to the weight of the matter the case shall be handed over to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations,” the source said.

A vehicle with an identical number plate to the one used by terror attack suspects at Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi . PHOTO | COURTESY
A vehicle with an identical number plate to the one used by terror attack suspects at Dusit D2 Hotel in Nairobi . PHOTO | COURTESY

In its descriptions, NTSA said that the car was light blue in colour with its logbook serial number being 2017101601539.

The owner of the car has been identified as Cynkim Investment Company Limited and was registered using the email [email protected]

NUMBER PLATES

However, the car that was used by the terrorists had a different colour and more details about it still remain unknown.

Last month, Nairobi Flying Squad boss Mr Musa Yego told Nairobi News that such incidents were on the rise.

He said that in most cases none of the car owners are usually aware that their cars bear identical number plates with other cars.

Last month, NTSA boss Francis Meja advised drivers to ensure that they counter check their cars with NTSA to ensure that their number plates are not duplicated.