A mother and her daughter were on Wednesday afternoon arrested with a cache of arms and ammunition suspected to have been sneaked into the country for terror related acts.

Goretti Mwihia and her daughter Joyce Muthoni Mwihia were nabbed by officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) and an M4 sniper rifle, with an effective range of 500 metres, recovered from them.

According to ATPU, both Goretti and Muthoni hold dual citizenship and reside in Racecourse area of Dagoretti Corner in Nairobi County, where they were both apprehended.

During the operation, the ATPU officers also recovered 4 pistols and a close quarter Uzi automatic sub machine gun, which is capable of firing more than 600 rounds per minute.

Also retrieved was an assortment of more than 3,700 rounds of ammunition of different caliber, according to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, with their destination unknown.

Early last year, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert warning civilian airline to “exercise caution” when flying over Kenyan airspace, citing possible terror attacks.

Last month, FAA issued a fresh s fresh warning to American civilian airlines flying in the Kenyan airspace, even as the industry is already chocked by effects of Covid-19 pandemic.