Al Shabaab planning to attack churches, hospitals and police stations
08 June 2015, 09:26
Kwale - Al Shabaab are planning to attack churches, hospitals and police stations and other public places in Kwale before June 19, according to intelligence reports.
The militants are said to have trained several youths in the region and promised to support their families in case they die while fighting.
A report seen by the media reveals that the recruits joined Al Shabaab willingly and plan to have the area dominated by a certain religion.
Sources with information on the pending attack told journalists that three of the recruits are brothers of a retired soldier from Matuga constituency.
“We have people of Somali origin coming from Tanzania who have been meeting the youths, promised them goodies and support,” said a source that refused to be named.
The source said that the recruits took an oath on Thursday at Boyani area after three weeks of preparation and training in Kubo South.
Kwale county commissioner, Evans Achoki said that they are working on the information to nab the suspects.
“Investigations are still going on and by the end of day, we will have established those behind the mission,” he told News24 on phone Sunday.
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“We are of sound mind and decided to join Al Shabaab to fight for our land and religion. Let us join hands life or death,” read part of a letter purpotedly written by some of the recruits.
A source who refused to be named said several letters have been doing rounds at Boyani area asking youths to join the group.
The letter reads, “Tufanye kazi kabla ya tarehe 19-6-2015. (Let us do the work before June 19, 2015).”
The report indicate that the Al Shabaab have been taking oaths in the guise of traditional ceremonies commonly known as 'Kayamba’ at Boyani area in Matuga in preparation for the attacks.
“They are youths who are well known and you cannot suspect them,” said the source.
A National Intelligence Service officer who did not wish to be named said there are reports of attacks but it is not known when and where the attacks are to take place.
“We have a general security alert but we are not sure where and when,” said the officer.
The officer said the youths might be members of Mombasa Republican Council disguised as Al Shabaab.
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