Wanted terror suspect surrenders to Kenyan police

Kenyan authorities said on Tuesday one of the wanted terror suspects has surrendered to the police as security officers intensify manhunt for other suspects still at large.


Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa said Mohamud Mohamed alias Gasere surrendered to the police in the coastal town of Malindi and was being interrogated over terror-related incidents in the country.

Kenyan police
Kenyan police

“The suspect was accompanied by his father. The police are currently interrogating him,” he told journalists in Mombasa.

The government administrator said Mohamed was among four terror suspects who escaped police dragnet in Majengo area in Mombasa on Monday where two rifles and several bullets were recovered during a raid at his house.

Apart from Mohammed, other suspects being sought by the police are Hussein Omar Said as well as Ishmael Shosi.
Both Omar and Shosi were on a most wanted list for suspected Al-Shabaab members, appearing in the alert issued by the Kenyan authorities.

Police have confirmed that the two weapons, an M4 assault rifle and a G3 battle rifle had been earlier reported missing in previous attacks.

The M4 went missing during the Nyali Barracks attack in November 2014 when a gang of about 15 militants tried to forcefully gain entry into the heavily fortified barracks in Nyali.

The G3 rifle went missing during an attack on the Gulf African Bank in Mombasa, where the robbers shot dead a policeman on security duty at the bank, making away with his G3 gun in October 2015.

The suspects led by Omar and Shosi are believed to have been planning a major terror attack in the coastal city.

The ministry of interior on Tuesday urged members of the public with information that may lead to the arrest of the three to pass it to the police.

The ministry has also issued a public alert, requesting for any information on the whereabouts of the suspects.

“Talk to us, do you have any info on their whereabouts? Call 999, 911 or 112 toll free,” the ministry and cautioned the public to be on the lookout and call police hotlines should they see any of the suspects.

So far the ministry has released 11 names of terror suspects and has called on vigilance from the general public.

The move comes after security officers had last week warned that several terror suspects had sneaked into the coastal town and were targeting one of the malls within the city.

The terror attempt comes at a time when the security operation to flush out Somali Al-Shabaab militants from Boni Forest in Lamu County has been extended to cover four key areas: Pandanguo, Bothei, Pangani and Witu. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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