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Weapons seized from terror suspects in Mombasa | Coastweek

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- An officer displays weapons seized from terror suspects in Mombasa, on Jan. 5, 2016. Kenyan police said Monday they have launched a manhunt for a wanted terror suspect who escaped a dragnet at his house in Mombasa. XINHUA PHOTO: MBUYU CAZEIYA

Kenyan police arrest Al-Shabaab suspect, recover weapons

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- 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 officers.

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 recovered.

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 stations.

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Wanted terror suspect surrenders to Kenyan police

MOMBASA (Xinhua) -- 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 country.

“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 police.

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 extended to

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rial","sans-serif"">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 police.

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 extended to

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