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Terror suspect gunned down in Kwale

25 April 2014, 19:26 John Kioko

Kwale - Police officers in Kwale County gunned down a terror suspect at his Tiwi home in the early hours of Friday morning.

The police recovered a Barreta pistol with three live rounds of ammunition during the morning raid after receiving a tip off from members of public.

Msambweni OCPD Joseph Omijah identified Tumbo as a dangerous and notorious terror suspect who has been moving around with another al-shabaab suspect Ali Delawa from Mwabungo, who was gunned down by police in Malindi recently.

Prior to being killed, Delawa had escaped police dragnet in his Mwabungo home and left an AK-47 rifle which was recovered together with over 30 round of ammunition.

He said the deceased has been in Somali for militant training before returning to Kenya.

“He was a very dangerous person according to our records because his accomplices are terror suspects,” Omijah said.

Omijah said the suspect was gunned down in his house by armed security officers after he tried to engage them.

He said the deceased is also accomplice of the wanted terror suspect and a notorious criminal in Diani Rama Mwachala and Ali Mwachidangaya among other suspects.

The OCPD said that police were acting on information that the deceased was among other suspects who have been terrorizing locals and hiding in the Tiwi house.

Speaking in his office on Friday Omijah said that police were on information since last week after recovery of a G3 riffle and 11 rounds of ammunition when suspects escaped dragnet in Gombato area.

“We were looking for those who dropped the gun and according to information we received the suspects wee using one house isolated in Tiwi to hide after terorising business people in Diani,” he told journalists in his office.

He said that police arrived at the place at around four or five on Friday morning where they knocked the door but no one opened for them.

Omijah added that the house which was being used by the suspect was in isolation area.

“As they were knocking they heard the suspect cocking his gun, they forced themselves inside the house and brought him down after he fired shots at them without success,” said Omijah.

No police officers were injured during the exchange according to Omijah during the morning incident that sent a shudder through the neighbourhood.

He urged other suspects who are still at large to surrender all weapons during the amnesty period given by President Uhuru Kenyatta or they will face the full force of the law.

“If they don’t willingly come to surrender the weapons and promise to be good citizens then they should not expect us to have mercy on them. You cannot tell an armed robber to come for arrest if they don’t want peaceful surrendering we will trace them by force,” he added.

He lauded members of public for their support in giving information saying such move will help them in curbing insecurity in the area.

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