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Ex-GSU officer who has been training Al Shabaab arrested in Kwale

27 July 2016, 09:31 John Tsuma

Kwale - A former GSU officer who is among eight wanted al shabaab terrorists was arrested in Kombani area, Kwale on Tuesday.

Alfan Rashid alias Juma Mwakambirwa was apprehended in connection to the killing of Nyuma Kumi officials and a reformed Somali returnee in Kwale County.

After his arrest, Rashid led detectives to his house in Ukunda where a hand grenade was found.

His photo was circulated by police on May 30 alongside those of Ali Haji, Ali Salim, Said Athman, Said Hassan, Ali Hamisi, Ali Musa and Hamisi Musa.

A special team of detectives earlier deployed in the South Coast had trailed him for months in vain.

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Reports indicate the suspect retired as constable after serving for 12 years with police when he was recruited by al Shabaab to train other militants.

His other mission, they said, was to kill state informers and security agents at the Coast.

Kwale OCPD, Patrick Oduma said Rashid will be interrogated before he is taken to court.

"We believe he will assist detectives with information that will lead to the arrest of other key al Shabaab members on the run," said Oduma.

He requested the public to submit any information on the other suspects to police stations.

Reformed Al shabaab members Mohammed Juma, Juma Omar, Hassan Debe and Subira Sudi were all shot dead by gun-wielding attackers who were on a motorcycle.

Coast regional police commander Francis Wanjohi said they were killed by al Shabaab returnees for opposing their ideologies.

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