Anti-terrorism detectives are pursuing three accomplices of
wanted terror suspect who was gunned down in Bamburi, Mombasa on Friday.
Coast police boss Larry Kieng said the four were planning a major terrorist attack
in Mombasa which was thwarted by police.
Kieng told the media on Saturday that the three
escaped during an operation mounted by special unit of ATPU detectives.
“We believe the three
were wounded during the shootout with the police,” Kieng said.
“We are reliably informed the had were planning attack on
Friday. Our officers, acting on intelligence information,
thwarted the imminent strike.”
He said security agents have intensified intelligence gathering and
patrols in the war on terror.
Hussein Said Omar aka Babley was shot dead after he engaged police in a shootout at his hideout.
The police said Omar is an al Shabaab member who has been on the
run since 2015.
“He is the al Shabaab logistics in-charge and is behind the killings of innocent Kenyans in Mwalei, Pandanguo and
Milihoi,” Kieng said.
Police says Omar is believed to behind a series terrorist attacks
in 2016 that targeted security
agents in Mombasa.
He was a close associate of slain terror suspect Ismael Shosi
who was killed when police raided his rental house in Kisauni’s Mwandoni area in 2016.
Babley is brother of another terrorist by the name Dogo who is operating from Boni forest. The latter is also on the run.
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Terrorist attacks in Mombasa have declined for the last two
years but al Shaabab remain threat in the region.
The group has infiltrated Boni forest and used it as an
operation base for recruiting and planning terror attacks in Coast.
Early this year, the government released names and photos of
seven most wanted members of the Jaysh Aman cell.
The state placed
a Sh2 million bounty on each of the suspects.
They are Idriss Issack, Mohamed, Abdullahi Diyat alias
Ubeyd, Sharif Arab, Ahmed Mohammed aka Jerry, Andikadir Haret Mohammed Yusuf
Kuno aka Abu Ali and Ahmed Bashir.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said the seven
are believed to be operating on the Kenya-Somalia border.
They are allegedly behind
terror attacks in the Northeastern region, particularly in Mandera.
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