Police in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have gunned down two men suspected to belong the Somalia-based al-Shabaab militant group and recovered 17 rounds of ammunition, four plastic explosives and four bomb detonators.
The two — Salim Hanjary Benzimba and Kibwana Ahmed Abdallah alias Rajab — were shot dead after they engaged police in a gun battle in Junda area of Kisauni.
Another suspect, Ishamail Shoshi, a fugitive on the police wanted list, managed to escape but is believed to be wounded.
The Kenyan security agencies are now appealing to residents of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, to report anyone with gunshot wounds.
Omar Abdilahi, who is the brother to one of the two suspects killed, has claims that his brother was not a terrorist as alleged. He said the police raided his brother’s house without ascertaining who was in the house and killed an innocent person.
He noted that killing of innocent people could contribute to retaliatory actions by the youth.
According to Kisauni Deputy Officer in Charge of Police District (OCPD) Walter Abondo, the two men killed were members of the al-Shabab and were suspected to have been planning to carry out attacks in Mombasa.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK