KENYAN AUTHORITIES KILL FOUR TERRORISTS, DETAIN BUSINESSMAN FOR TERROR-FUNDING

NAIROBI, Kenyan police have shot dead for suspected terrorists, including most-wanted Al-Shababb syspect Suleiman Mohammed Awadh, in Malindi, a coastal town 120 kilometres northeast of the port city of Mombasa.

Awadh and the other terror suspects were killed by police officers from Malindi police division in the early hours of Wednesday morning, said the commander of the Malindi police district (OCPD), Matawa Muchangi.

He added that two other suspected terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds and police are in hot pursuit. Police managed to recover a map of areas the suspects were planning to attack.

The areas targeted included Nakumatt, Malindi Police Station and the Malindi Marine Park.

Police also recovered five grenades, one AK47 rifle, a loaded Browning pistol and several magazines, national identity cards (IDs) and mobile phones.

Police have appealed to members of the public to help apprehend the two other suspects currently on the run. The OCPD urged hospitals and doctors to report any cases of patients seeking treatment for gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile two people believed to be members of Al-Shabaab militia have been arrested in Isiolo, about 280 kilometres north of Nairobi.

Isiolo County Criminal Investigation Officer (CCIO) David Cheruiyot said police were interrogating the two teachers who he said had been using their positions as teachers “to preach radicalization to young people and recruiting youths to join militia groups”.

Meanwhile, a businessman from Mandera County has been detained for two days on allegations that he is one of the directors of a foundation which is believed to be facilitating terrorism activities. It is claimed that the foundation is sponsored by Al-Shabaab sympathizers.

Abdisalam Afif Shueb was arrested on the Jan 19 at Eastleigh Mall in Nairobi following intelligence information gathered by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.

Corporal Cyrus Ikade, one of the investigating officers, said in his affidavit presented to the court Wednesday, that Abdisalam is a Director at the Kabgal Foundation based in Mandera County.

He alleged that the foundation is involved in terrorist activities both internally and abroad by recruiting youth from Kenya who later travel to Somalia for training.

The organization is claimed to be receiving and funding terrorism activities in Mandera County.

However Ikade also disclosed to the court that some of the information is highly classified and can only be viewed by the court in camera

Source: KBC