Canadian citizen one of five suspects accused of helping terrorists in Kenya attack

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A Canadian citizen is among five people being held on suspicion of helping extremist gunmen to murder 21 people in a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.

Guleid Abdihakim was photographed with the other suspects in court on Friday after a judge ordered them to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate the attack at the dusitD2 hotel complex.

Somalia-based Islamist terror group al-Shabab, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the murders.

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Abdihakim and the other suspects – Joel Nganga Wainaina, Oliver Kanyango Muthee, Gladys Kaari Justus and Osman Ibrahim – are being held on suspected terror offences.

Prosecutors suspect the alleged accomplices, which includes two taxi drivers and an agent for a mobile phone-based money service, of “aiding and betting” the attackers, according to a court document.

Officials said they were pursuing more suspects in and outside Kenya.

“The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would therefore require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire criminal syndicate,” said Noordin Haji, director of public prosecutions.

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