The Al-Shabaab terrorist group, which has launched numerous attacks in Kenya from its base om neighbouring Somalia, has been dealt a major blow after its deputy commander was killed by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the Ministry of Defence says.
The Ministry said in a statement issued here Thursday that Mohammed Karatey, also known as Mahat Karatey, was killed last week in a sting operation targeting the Al-Shabaab hideout in Nadaris in southern Somalia in an offensive which also left 42 Al-Shabaab recruits dead.
“Mahad Mohammed Karatey aka Mahat Karatey, the Al-Shabaab Deputy Commander and overall head of the Alamnyat (Al Shabab Intelligence wing), and 10 other middle level commanders were killed in a major KDF strike on the Nadris camp between Buale and Sukow,” the statement added.
The militants on Jan 15, 2016, launched one of the most dreadful attacks on a KDF camp in El Adde area, in Somalia, leaving dozens of KDF soldiers dead. The soldiers were members of the Kenyan peacekeeping contingent in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Karatey had been instrumental in planning major attacks on the AMISOM forces.
KDF Spokesperson Colonel David Obonyo said Mohamed Karatey was not only a commander but was part of an Al-Shabaab intelligence wing which carried out recruitment for the militant group.
Karatey had gone to the camp to preside over the passing out of an estimated 80 Alamnyat recruits who had completed their training and were due for deployment to carry out more terrorist attacks.
The United States government had placed a 500 million Kenyan shillings (about 4.9 million US dollars) bounty on Karate’s head after he was listed in the US State Department’s wanted terrorists list in April 2015, following the attack on the Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya.