The man who led the team of Endua and Malalani ward residents in capturing the convicted terrorists who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison has revealed how they cornered the three.
With the resident's help, Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga alias Shukri, Mohamed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Adhiambo alias Yusuf were arrested by Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) in Kitui on Thursday, November 18.
Speaking to a local TV sation, the man whose name was not revealed said villagers noticed that the escapees were acting suspiciously when they were spotted walking in the thickets alongside the road in Malalani ward, Kitui County.
"They were walking in a zig-zag formation, taking cover within the bushes and thickets along the road," he said adding that they pursued them after noticing that the three were unarmed.
The man further said that based on his analysis of the three, the terror convicts did not know their way around the area pointing it out as the reason why the convicts chose to trek in the bushes not far away from the main road.
"They do not know their way around here. I think if the phones they had been found, then it will be easy for us to know who was showing them the way," he said.
In a police report seen by K24 Digital, the Chief of Endau Malalani ward made a report stating that the three convicts had been spotted alighting from a matatu before they took a motorbike to another destination.
"On Tuesday, November 16, Chief Alphia Musembi of Endau location reported that elders in his area saw three suspicious characters in Endau who had been dropped by a Matatu. They took a motorbike from Endau to Kalungu a small town near Endau," the police report said in part.
It is then said that on Wednesday, a shopkeeper identified the three as the men in the newspapers and who had purchased bread and milk at around 9pm from his shop.
"In the evening of Wednesday, the three were again seen by members of the public at Kitumbini village Makuka sub-location who informed the assistant chief Mr Nyamai Kalenga. On Thursday 18/11/2021 morning the assistant chief plus the area chief and KPR (Kenya police reservists)Mr Wambongii, Mr Kamanga,Mr Kilinda, Mr Komuand Mr Makusu visited where they seen and managed to arrest one of them," the police report read.