Al shabaab wateka nyara madaktari 2 wa Cuba

Wanamgambo wa kundi haramu ya Al shabaab wamevuka mpaka na kuwateka nyara madaktari wawili kutoka nchi ya Cuba katika mji wa Mandera mapema leo.

Inaaminika kwamba madaktari hawa walizuiliwa barabarani na waasi hawa huku wakiwafyatulia risasi walinzi wao na kuangamiza mwanapolisi mmoja.

Afisa mmoja wa polisi aliweza kutoweka na kukwepa mauti huku wanamgambo hao wakiwachukua madakari hawa na kuhepa nao hadi nchi jirani ya Somalia.

Hali ya madakatri hawa waliotekwa inasalia tete na ya hofu kwani haijulikani walipo. Vikosi vya usalama vinachana mbuga kuwatafuta wahalifu hawa na kuwaokoa mateka.

Kundi hili limekuwa mwiba hapa nchini hususan kaskazini mwa nchi. Ni mapema mwakani walipovamia maeneo ya burudani na kujistarehesha ya Dusit hapa jijini Nairobi.

 

‘I lost touch with my son 4 years ago,’ KDF father narrates about his killed terrorist son

The father of DusitD2 terrorist Ali Salim Gichunge, alias Farouk, lost touch with his only son four years ago and had no idea he had secretly joined al Shabaab.

Ali Gichunge, a KDF sergeant, has told investigators that he was last in contact with his son in 2015. He was shocked to learn that he was among the six people who launched the Tuesday attack on the 14 Riverside Drive complex that claimed 21 lives.

One suicide bomber blew himself up, five other terrorists were killed. A seventh man is on the run.

Born and bred in a strict Muslim family in Isiolo, Farouk had great ambitions of becoming an engineer. He never missed his madrassa classes at his rural home in Isiolo where he grew up.

His father hailed from Isiolo, his mother Salma Gichunge came from Majengo in Nyeri.

After high school in 2011, Farouk went to stay with his maternal grandparents in Nyeri’s Majengo slums.

Yesterday Farouk’s father told investigators that his son had big dreams when he sat his KCSE exams at Isiolo Barracks High School in 2011.

He revealed his son’s character and personality in police statements.

Gichunge described his son as a brilliant calm and collected person who brought joy and laughter to the family.

He suspects his son could have lost focus in life after he separated from the boy’s mother in 2010.

Farouk loved drama and occasionally took part in drama competitions at his school and during madrassa classes.

However, Farouk did not attain grades that allow him to join university where he could study engineering.

His father said he kept in touch with his son, even after separating from his wife, and According to Farouk’s father, he kept in touch with his son even after separating from his wife and supported financially until 2015 when he lost contact.

“I could no longer find him on the phone and had no idea where he was,” Gichunge is reported to have told the police.

After failing to join university, Farouk stayed with his mother at their home in Isiolo where did menial jobs such as selling miraa in the estates.

He later left Isiolo for Nyeri and in 2015 went to Mombasa where he planned to study and teach Islamic religion at a mosque in Majengo area of Mombasa.

And as soon as Farouk left Nyeri, he cut links with his father but remained in constant communication with the mother and her two sisters who are still in school and living in Isiolo. His mother, Salma Gichunge was due to record a statement last evening.

The father says in his statement that he had called his estranged wife several times to ask about his son, who had also changed his cell phone number. He complained that the mother had told him that she also did not know his son’s whereabouts but he doubted this. He concluded that the mother wanted to lock him out of his son’s life. Thus, he decided to concentrate on raising his new family with a second wife.

The father further told investigators that he was in shock to see images of his son circulating on social media during the DusitD2 hotel complex terror attack on Tuesday.

The KDF sergeant suspects his son could have been radicalised while studying at a Mombasa mosque where he was also a part-time madrassa teacher.

“He was tapped from Majengo in Nyeri, then taken to Mombasa where he could have been radicalised,” the father said.Yesterday Nyeri county commissioner Fredrick Shisia told the Star that a multi-agency team was already on the ground to investigate Farouk, his upbringing and associates.

Nine people have been arrested following the attack. The Red Cross yesterday said that the 50 people who had been reported missing have been accounted for.

A major hunt is underway to find the planners, financiers, sympathisers and the seventh man who had lunch with the killers on Tuesday before the attack.

The seven had lunch at Oilibya along Limuru Road hours before the attack.

Somalia-based Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police raided Farouk’s house in Guango estate, Ruaka, on Wednesday where they believe the attack was planned. Farouk was positively identified through his fingerprint samples presented to the Registrar of Persons.

Located between Nyeri’s Central Business District and King’ong’o area in Nyeri town, the sprawling Majengo slum is one of the most densely populated areas in the town and home to some of the poorest people.

Most residents are casual labourers.

The area harbours dangerous criminals, bhang peddlers, prostitutes, illicit brewers and contraband goods peddlers.

It is believed that goods stolen in the town and environs are stashed in the slum while criminals take shelter in Majengo.

As a result, it is usually the first target whenever there is a security crackdown. It is believed that some of the people felled by police bullets after the killing of Kamakwa chief Peter Kimiti came from the area. He was killed on July 26 last year.

The operation was ordered by Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and it also affected Kamakwa area on the outskirts of Nyeri town.

Though the area is densely populated, people know each other well and strangers are easily spotted and monitored.

This could be why the area is a safe haven for criminals on the run.

There have been reports that radicalisation could also be taking place there as residents are highly secretive.

Houses are cheap and made of low-quality off-cuts. They rent for as little as Sh500 per month.

Due to the high rate of poverty, people are readily available and easily manipulated by politicians and activists as criminals and demonstrators for hire.

“With only Sh200 per person per day, you can easily get demonstrators for hire here as there are so many idlers,” one Nyeri resident says.

In May last year, Nyeri police arrested terrorism suspect believed to have sneaked into the country from Somalia and heightened security surveillance in Nyeri following reports that Nyeri could be a target of terror.

Detectives are said to have been tracking the suspect’s movement.

Nyeri town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the news that one of the suspects spent time in the area, which is in his constituency, came as a surprise to him.

“It was something that we never expected,” he told the Star on the phone.

He said together with security officials, they will organise a security baraza with young people in a week to talk about the issue.“This is something that we are going to engage with the community as leaders. We will call the community and especially the people from Majengo and we are going to talk about it,” he said.

-The Star

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.

Courtesy of the Star

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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