Police circulate photos of six most wanted men over terrorism

From left top: RAMA MBWANA MBWEGA AKA JUNIA, JAMES KIMANTHI MASAI aka RAFAT, HASSAN ABDALLA MUSHI aka HASSAN KUKU while from bottom left: HAMISI SWALEH ABDALLA, ABDULLAHI JARSO KOTOLA, HASSAN JARSO KOTOLA.

Police have circulated photographs of six men they say are wanted over terror and radicalization claims.

This was after investigations by security agencies revealed several Kenyan nationals fighting alongside Al-Shabaab in Somalia are involved in enticing youths within the country to travel to Somalia to join the terror group.

The public has been urged to share any information that may lead to the arrest of Abdullahi Jarso Kotola, Hassan Jarso Kotola, Hassan Abdalla Mushi, James Kimanthi Masai, Hamisi Swaleh Abdalla and Rama Mbwana Mbega. 

Abdullahi Jarso Kotola aka Seyfdeen from Marsabit is a member in the military wing of Al-Shabaab (Jaysh Ayman) where he holds a key position.

“He is believed to have participated in the Mpeketoni attacks of June, 2014 which led to the killing of many innocent civilians. He is the brother to Hassan Jarso Kotola. The brothers who hail from Marsabit are both believed to be keen members of the terror group are wanted for several deadly attacks in the country,” said part of a police report.

Before leaving for Somalia to join the terror group, Abdullahi was a preacher at Daru Salaam Masjid along Nyayo road within Shauriyako area of Marsabit. While there, he used the opportunity to preach to the youth encouraging them to join Al-Shabaab.

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His access to the youth who went to pray at the mosque meant he could interact with them and he therefore recruited them in the process.

Also mentioned by the security agencies is Hassan Abdalla Mushi aka Hassan Kuku. He is from Kibirigwi, East Kirinyaga.

Hassan previously worked at Avenue Rescue Services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a driver/first aid practitioner and converted to Islam before he left for Somali.

James Kimanthi Masai aka Rafat who hails from Mutomo, Kitui is also mentioned among the individuals who crossed over to join Al-Shabaab.

Also on the list is Hamisi Abdalla Swaleh who is wanted for a number of terror attacks and abductions in North Eastern Province.

Rama Mbwana Mbega aka Junia comes from South Coast but was recruited into Al-Shabaab while in Mombasa.

He returned to Kenya in 2012 and is suspected to have been part of numerous attacks. Rama went back to Somalia in early 2014 and is still in communication with his fellow Jihadists in Kenya to recruit more youths from the Coast and the North Eastern. He is suspected to be holed in Boni forest and operating from Jilib.

Police are asking the public for information that would lead to their arrest. They are asking anyone with information to call the toll free numbers 999, 911 and 112 or visit the nearest police station.

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