MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s anti-terrorism detectives on Sunday
killed a suspected Al-Shabaab returnee in the coastal town of
The officers recovered a hand grenade, a thunder
flash explosive and a detonating cord with a fuse.
Local police boss Joseph Chebusi said Juma Mwamuraji, 44, was
on police radar since his return from Somalia.
"The suspect was among the several returnees who were being
"We acted on intelligence reports and raided the home and
managed to kill him," said Chebusi.
Chebusi said the suspect attempted to hurl the grenade to the
officers but was shot dead.
According to 2016 statistics, Kwale County topped in Al-Shabaab
returnees, followed by Kilifi, Mombasa and Lamu.
The region has recently witnessed a reduction of terrorism
attacks attributed to the ongoing operation in Linda Boni forest
However, the police warn that terrorism still remains a major
threat since Al-Shabaab have infiltrated the forest and use it
as an operation base for recruiting and planning terror attacks
in the region.
Recently, the government released names and photos of seven
most wanted members of the Jaysh Aman cell operating from Boni
and placed a 20,000 U.S. dollars bounty on each.
They are Idriss Issack, Mohamed, Abdullahi Diyat alias Ubeyd,
Sharif Arab, Ahmed Mohammed alias Jerry, Andikadir Haret
Mohammed Yusuf Kuno alias Abu Ali and Ahmed Bashir.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the seven are
believed to be operating on the Kenya-Somalia border and
allegedly behind terror attacks in the northeastern region,
particularly in Mandera County.