Nairobi, 23 March 2010 (Somalilandpress) – Nairobi — A terror suspect who escaped from police custody in Busia is believed to have fled to Uganda, while three police officers suspected to have let him escape have been suspended.

Mr Hashi Hussein Farah, who holds an Australian passport, is alleged to have links with the al Shabaab rebels in Somalia and Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda.

Sources at Busia police station said his escape was well planned.

Two area businessmen who visited him at the station and the police officers have been arrested.

“That’s the first step then they will be taken to court and charged,” said Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere.

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In a major operation on Monday morning, police arrested a man they believed was Farah only to realise later that he was a Kenyan businessman.

Busia police boss Micheni Muthamia declined to divulge more information on the operation, only saying that Farah had not been recaptured.

It is alleged that the terror suspect claimed that he was asthmatic and was put in an isolated room where he met the two businessmen, who had brought him food.

Police found Farah missing when they went to fetch him so he could be transferred to Nairobi for interrogation by anti-terrorism unit officers.

Source: AllAfrica