Al Shabaab Facilitator Francis Macharia Karishu Surrenders To Police

on Sunday evening in Kayole after he surrendered.

Police had offered a Sh1 million cash reward for anyone who will offer information leading to the arrest of Karishu.

He was moved to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit for further interrogation. It is not clear who he was with when he surrendered.

Police claim Karishu has been aiding terror suspects crossing into the country, mostly from Somalia, by printing fake identity cards for them.

Spokesman, Charles Owino said the suspect, who operates a business at a building located along Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue from where his accomplices were arrested, is also said to be engaged in printing of fake title deeds, birth certificates, and academic papers.

-Cyrus Ombati

Al Shabaab attacks African Union base in Somalia

Al Shabaab insurgents battled for hours on Sunday with African Union troops after exploding a car bomb outside their base, Somali police, military and the militants said.

The militants attacked the AU peacekeepers’ base in the town Bulamarer, 130 kilometres to the northwest of the capital Mogadishu, around 9 am local time, residents from the area told Reuters.

Since withdrawing from Mogadishu in 2011, the al Qaeda-linked group has lost control of most of Somalia’s cities and towns. But it still retains a strong presence in regions outside the capital.

The militants initially detonated two suicide car bombs that hit one AU vehicle and one Somali military vehicle, Somali army major Farah Osman, who is stationed near the Amisom (African Union Mission in Somalia) base, said.

“Then a large number of al Shabaab fighters began firing from under the trees … it was a hellish battle,” he said, adding there was an unknown number of casualties.

The phone of the spokesman for the Amisom force based in Mogadishu was switched off on Sunday and Reuters was unable to reach any other officials from the force for comment.
Abdiasis Abu Musab, a spokesman for al Shabaab said 14 of the group’s fighters and 59 Amisom troops were killed in the incident.

A police major stationed in a nearby town also said two car bombs exploded outside the base before the al Shabaab fighters entered it.

Major Nur Ali told Reuters that Somali and Amisom forces had attacked al Shabaab in rural areas near the base on Saturday night. “Then al Shabaab attacked this morning as a revenge,” he said.

Somalia has been mired in civil war since 1991.

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SAD: Suspected al Shabaab kill four at Wajir school

Four people were butchered by suspected al Shabaab militants at a school in Wajir County on Friday morning.

Reports indicated they were ambushed at around 1 am as they slept at Kharsa Primary School. The school is in Kharsa village near Konton border town, which is 70km from Wajir town.

The victims were three non-local teachers and the wife of one of them.

It was also reported that several other teachers were injured and that some students were missing. They fled during the attack.

The road leading to the area is believed to have landmines, making it difficult for ambulances and security reinforcement to quickly go to the scene.

County AP commandant Mohamed Sheikh is leading the rescue operation.

-The Star

One Officer Injured After Al Shabaab Militants Ambushed And Burnt Two Police Vehicles In Mandera

Al-Shabaab militants last evening ambushed and burnt two police land cruisers in an attack in Dabacity area, Mandera County.
The vehicles with 12 officers were escorting a bus to Mandera when they were hit by rocket propelled grenades. One officer is missing but his colleagues say he has communicated from a hideout in the area.
Another officer was injured during the ambush as the militants moved to burn the vehicles before escaping. Efforts to trace the missing officer is ongoing.
A gun is also missing amid speculations the terrorists escaped with it. No passenger in the bus was affected as it had passed the scene. Police say the attack is the latest after a lull of three months during which no incident was reported.
Meanwhile, a man was stabbed to death in an incident in Waithaka area, Nairobi. The victim was found dead near an apartment he had been staying before he moved out in May.
Police say they are yet to know the killer of the victim and that he had wounds in the chest and neck. The body was moved to the mortuary. A team is investigating the incident with an aim of making an arrest. Locals suspect the man was killed by someone known to him.
-Cyrus Ombati

MANDERA: Suspected Al Shabaab Hijack Two Cars Ferrying Mandera Voters

Suspected al Shabaab militants hijacked two cars between Omar Jillo and Lafey in Mandera on Tuesday as voters were being transported to polling stations.

North Eastern regional commissioner Mohamud Saleh identified the vehicles as a Pobox and Land Cruiser.

Nobody was injured or kidnapped during the incident at about 6am, Saleh told The star on phone.

“They were only interested in the vehicles. Reports that they also hijacked a bus full of voters are not true. Kenyans, especially those on social media, should stop posting untrue information because they may end up causing a lot of tension.”

It is said one of the vehicles had a South Sudan number place.

Al Shabaab has not claimed responsibility for this and a few other attacks in some parts of the country. But the terror group has carried out many ambushes and left police and civilians dead or injured.

The commissioner said he will stay in touch with top election officials and security chiefs to ensure voting goes on smoothly.

“All polling stations, including those at the borders in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa, have opened and the exercise is going on smoothly. We don’t expect any hiccups.”

-The Star|STEPHEN ASTARIKO

PHOTOS: Police Release Photos Of The most Wanted Al shabaab Suspects Behind Lamu Attack

Police are offering a Sh2 million bounty for five al Shabaab suspects believed to be behind the attacks in Lamu.

Among them are two brothers, Salad Tari Gufu and Gufu Tari Gufu, who may have been involved in the recent abduction and shooting of Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy.

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Police said the two left for Somalia in 2013 to fight for the terror group. Salad is said to have helped his younger brother Tari sneak back into Kenya to fight in Boni.

Salad also reportedly opened a studio in his Marsabit home, which sold VCDs and DVDs that promoted radicalisation.

The other three on the bounty list are Abdikadir Mohamed, Suleiman Irungu Mwangi and Mohamed Tajir. Police have described them as armed and dangerous.

Suleiman is said to have a number of aliases, including Habib, Maalim Zakariya and Jureij.

They are believed to have been dispatched from Somalia to counter an anti-terror operation declared by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his tour of Lamu county on Monday.

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Lamu has experienced increased attacks by the Somali militant group over the last month.

On July 5, the militants engaged in a day-long battle with Kenyan security forces in Boni forest.

A day later, the terrorists abducted the Public Works PS and five others at Milihoi area on Lamu-Mpeketoni highway at about 3pm. They were driven into Boni Forest.

Uhuru condemned the attack saying the government will not tolerate them.

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“If they kill our police and our people, we shall do exactly that. We will deal with them in the same manner. No one has the right to take lives apart from God. We will finish them. The only way to put out fire its by fire,” he said on Monday.

-The Star|CALVIN ONSARIGO

LAMU: Three Schools Close Down For Fear Of Al-Shabaab Attacks

Three schools in Witu division, Lamu county have been unable to resume learning for the last two weeks for fear of being attacked by Al-Shabaab militants.

Over 600 pupils of Pandanguo, Kakathe and Maleli primary schools have not gone back to school after Alshabaab destroyed a school in their recent attack in the area.

According to Witu sub-county education officer, James Akello, the schools were closed immediately after the terror attack on Pandanguo police post last week that left four police officers dead.

Akello said the schools had to be closed down after both teachers and students refused to attend school for fear of being attacked by the militants.

Pandanguo primary school has a total of 196 pupils, Kakathe has 220 while Maleli has 176 pupils total.

“My office had to immediately withdraw the more than 20 teachers who were serving in the schools over concern for their security but they would be posted back once security is restored”, he said.

Akello said he was hopeful that the schools would be re-opened next week following security measures that had been put in place.

“Three schools have so far closed down due to fear of being attacked by Alshabaab. We had to take them off but will have them back once security is guaranteed. Maybe next week the schools might re-open, let’s wait and see,”Akello said.

Parents have also expressed concern over the safety of their children in the schools and constant disruptions of their learning due to the constant Alshabaab raids.

They urged the national government to establish a permanent KDF camp at Pandanguo.

Some parents in Pandanguo said they are planning to transfer their children to the Witu primary school which is over 21 kilometres away.

“We have class eight pupils who need to sit KCPE this year. Schools are closed and that means our children are missing out a lot on learning. Time is running out and the exams are almost here,” said Pandanguo elder Adan Golja.

-The Star| CHETI PRAXIDES

BREAKING NEWS: Heavy Fighting As Al Shabaab Seizes KDF Base In Somalia

Al Shabaab militants have reportedly seized a remote military base from KDF soldiers serving in the African Union force during an attack early this morning.

The group, which once ruled much of Somalia, wants to topple the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and drive out the peacekeepers made up of soldiers from Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia and other African nations.

“Two mujahideen rammed suicide car bombs into the base in Kulbiyow town before storming it. After hand-to-hand fighting, we have taken over the base,” said Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab’s military operation spokesman.

It is said Kenyan troops are currently in defence mode as the number of casualties is currently unknown.

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Al Shabaab Militants Chop Off Hands Of Two Accused Thieves

Al Shabaab militants cut off the right hands of two alleged thieves in a region of Somalia controlled by the al Qaeda-affiliated group, a senior al Shabaab official said on Thursday.

Two men, Farah Bile Mand Quri Osman, admitted at a trial to stealing money from a shop and a judge ordered the right hands of both to be cut off, the al Shabaab governor of the Galgadud region, Sheikh Hassan Ali, told Reuters.

The order was carried out on Wednesday, he said.

The terror movement has been fighting for years to drive out African Union peacekeepers, topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and impose its brand of sharia (Islamic law) in the Horn of Africa country.

In areas under its control, al Shabaab has carried out executions, floggings and single-limb amputations after summary trials on charges including theft or espionage.

The terror group once held large swathes of Somalia including Mogadishu before being ousted from the capital in 2011 and losing further ground, though they continue to pose a formidable threat with bombings in Somalia and neighbouring Kenya.

Kenya’s military forms part of the African Union peacekeeping force that props up Somalia’s central government.

Al Shabaab has sought to disrupt Somalia’s protracted parliamentary elections – part of efforts to rebuild the fractured nation after decades of civil war. The three-month vote is due to end on December 29.

 -The Star

SAD: Six Perish In Mandera Al Shabaab Attack

Six people have this morning been killed in a suspected Al-Shabaab attack on a residential plot in Bulla public works in Mandera Town.

The incident happened at about 2am as the tenants were asleep.

Those affected were non locals. Police said the attackers shot at the victims randomly after they had broken into the plot.

The gang used a grenade to break the entrance of the plot before they shot at those who were sleeping in there. They escaped soon after the incident.

Police said there were 33 people at the plot at the time of the attack and that one was seriously injured and 25 others rescued.

Two people were still missing hours later.

Residents said police response was swift and that the attackers were heavily armed.

Mandera governor Ali Roba termed the incident a sad attack.