Kenyan police said Tuesday they had arrested a suspected
Al-Shabaab member in the coastal town of Malindi and
recovered several weapons in Malindi and Mombasa.
The suspect Abdulfatah Twahir was
arrested by a team of anti-terrorism and elite squad
A hand grenade, two detonators, ten
safe pins, chemicals for manufacturing Improvised
explosive devices, Jihad literature and cash in Kenyan
currency, pounds and U.S. dollars were seized.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson
Marwa told journalists security officers carried out
intelligence-led operation and recovered weapons in
house in Majengo.
Marwa said a M-4 rifle, which was
snatched from a navy officer who was killed during the
February 2014 raid at Nyali barracks by suspected
separatists of the Mombasa Republic Council, was
He said a G-rifle, which was stolen
from police officers killed by suspected Al-Shabaab
returnees while guarding Gulf Bank in Mombasa in October
2014, was also among the weapons recovered.
A total 318 bullets, 9mm ammunition
used by pistol, 11 mobile phones, pistol oil cleaner and
SIM cards were also impounded.
“Police mounted in a house within
Majengo area following reports that suspicious Al-Shabaab
operatives were in the house and officer carried the
raid and recovered the weapons,” Marwa said.
Four suspects who were in the house
managed to escape.
On Tuesday police released photographs
of the four, Kassim Mohammed, Hussein Omar Said,
Mohammed Salim, and Ishmael Shosi, and urged the public
to volunteer information that may lead to their arrest.
Intelligence reports indicate that
three were planning a terrorist attack in Mombasa and
are part of gang believed to be behind past terror
attacks in Lamu and Mombasa.
Regional police boss Francis Wanjohi
said the four were part of Jeysh Ayman Al-Shabaab
affiliate terrorist group operating from the vast Boni
Forest which borders Somalia.
This group carried out attacks in
Mpeketoni and Hindi areas of Lamu and Gamba areas of
Tana River where they also freed prisoners in police
Wanted terror suspect
surrenders to Kenyan police
Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday one of the wanted
terror suspects has surrendered to the police as
security officers intensify manhunt for other suspects
still at large.
Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson
Marwa said Mohamud Mohamed alias Gasere surrendered to
the police in the coastal town of Malindi and was being
interrogated over terror-related incidents in the
“The suspect was accompanied by his
father. The police are currently interrogating him,”
he told journalists in Mombasa.
The government administrator said
Mohamed was among four terror suspects who escaped
police dragnet in Majengo area in Mombasa on Monday
where two rifles and several bullets were recovered
during a raid at his house.
Apart from Mohammed, other suspects
being sought by the police are Hussein Omar Said as well
as Ishmael Shosi.
Both Omar and Shosi were on a most
wanted list for suspected Al-Shabaab members, appearing
in the alert issued by the Kenyan authorities.
Police have confirmed that the two
weapons, an M4 assault rifle and a G3 battle rifle had
been earlier reported missing in previous attacks.
The M4 went missing during the Nyali
Barracks attack in November 2014 when a gang of about 15
militants tried to forcefully gain entry into the
heavily fortified barracks in Nyali.
The G3 rifle went missing during an
attack on the Gulf African Bank in Mombasa, where the
robbers shot dead a policeman on security duty at the
bank, making away with his G3 gun in October 2015.
The suspects led by Omar and Shosi are
believed to have been planning a major terror attack in
the coastal city.
The ministry of interior on Tuesday
urged members of the public with information that may
lead to the arrest of the three to pass it to the
The ministry has also issued a public
alert, requesting for any information on the whereabouts
of the suspects.
“Talk to us, do you have any info on
their whereabouts? Call 999, 911 or 112 toll free,”
the ministry and cautioned the public to be on the
lookout and call police hotlines should they see any
of the suspects.
So far the ministry has released 11
names of terror suspects and has called on vigilance
from the general public.
The move comes after security officers
had last week warned that several terror suspects had
sneaked into the coastal town and were targeting one of
the malls within the city.
The terror attempt comes at a time
when the security operation to flush out Somali Al-Shabaab
militants from Boni Forest in Lamu County has been