NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police have issued a security alert over
five terror suspects who are allegedly enticing youth in the
country to travel to Somalia and join Al-Shabaab terrorist
The police called on members of the public to
volunteer any information that may lead to the arrest of
Abdullahi Jarso Kotola, Hassan Jarso Kotola, Hassan Abdalla
Mushi, James Kimanthi Masai, Hamisi Swaleh Abdalla and Rama
"Abdullahi Jarso Kotola aka Seyfdeen from Marsabit is a
member in the military wing of Al-Shabaab (Jaysh Ayman) where he
holds a key position.
He is believed to have participated in the Mpeketoni attacks
of June, 2014 which led to the killing of many innocent
civilians," the police said in the alert.
According to the police, Seyfdeen is the brother to Hassan
The brothers who hail from Marsabit are both believed to be
key members of the terror group wanted for several deadly
attacks in the country.
Before leaving for Somalia to join the terror group,
Abdullahi was a preacher in Marsabit where he used the
opportunity to preach to the youth, encouraging them to join Al-Shabaab.
"His access to the youth who went to pray at the mosque meant
he could be able to interact with them and he therefore
recruited them in the process," the police said.
Mbega, aka Junia, comes from South Coast but was recruited
into Al-Shabaab while in Mombasa.
He returned to Kenya in 2012 and is suspected to have been
part of numerous attacks.
The police said Mbega went back to Somalia in early 2014 and
is still in communication with his fellow Jihadists in Kenya to
recruit more youths from the Coast and the North Eastern.
He is suspected to be holed in Boni forest and operating from
Masai, aka Rafat, who hails from Mutomo, Kitui in eastern
Kenya is also mentioned among the individuals who crossed over
to join Al-Shabaab.
Also on the list is Hamisi Abdalla Swaleh who is wanted for a
number of terror attacks and abductions in North Eastern
Kenya continues to suffer several attacks as terrorists
change tack to beat heightened security and carry on with their
heinous acts undetected.
In the recent past, there have been numerous attacks
involving shootings, grenades, or other explosive devices in
northern Kenya including the coast region that have resulted in
deaths and injuries.