Watch out for determined Al Shabaab, Police tell Kenyans
24 December 2015, 14:26
Nairobi - Watch out for Al Shabaab, Police have told Kenyans.
Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet said Thursday that one group is now pledging allegiance to the Islamic State while another one is supporting Al-Qaeda.
" The one supporting ISIS is operating near Mandera while that behind Al-Qaeda is based in southern part of Kenya and within Boni Forest," he said in a statement.
Boinett says that the two groups are competing to spread an international jihadist agenda, which could be deadly if and when it happens.
" The group that tried to hijack and attack a bus in El-Wak, Mandera on Monday was that of the Islamic State," he stated.
The attack, he said, aborted after a group of Muslims in the bus shielded Christians by refusing to be split and offering them hijabs and headscarves to cover themselves with to prevent them from getting attacked.
" The Mandera gang is led by Isaak Osman Ali alias Okola, Abdifata Basre and Mohamed Bilal while the Al-Qaeda gang is headed by Omar Ahmed Abdumanan," he added.
The Shabaab split was first reported in June by the US, saying that it pointed to a bigger threat since the two factions would be keen to compete.
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