Police launch manhunt for 300 Al-Shabaab returnees
21 April 2015, 08:14
Kwale - Police confirmed on Monday a major manhunt for the
pursuit of more than 300 Al-Shabaab returnees who sneaked into the
country from Somalia.
The security officers said the returnees are allegedly hiding in Mombasa, Kwale, Lamu and Malindi after completing their
graduation in training camps in Somalia.
Kwale County has the highest number of returnees numbering more than
200 while Mombasa has 50, according police statistics released by
National Intelligence Unit.
A senior security official said hundreds of Kenyans have escaped from
Somalia while others could be part of gang plotting a series of terror
attacks in the country.
They fled from Somalia following intensive bombardment and liberation of key towns in southern Somalia by African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM).
"We have intelligence reports that some have escaped from the
Al-Shabaab, and few are returnees who had arrived into the coastal
region to plot more terrorist attacks," said the officer who spoke on
The youth sneaked back into the country through the porous
Kenya-Somalia border and are being harbored by their relatives and
Recently a team from Special Crime Prevention Unit gunned down two of
the gang members and recovered two pistols with 16 rounds of ammunition
recovered in Diani Kwale.
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The two Alfan Said Mwamtaka and Hamisi Shabaan Kulunda were gunned
down after a fierce shootout just a week after they returned from
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa told journalists in Mombasa
there will be no victimization of the youth who surrender within the
Marwa said he has received information from the local administration,
chiefs and village elders in the region, saying that some youth are
ready to surrender.
The government has issued a 10-day amnesty to Al-Shabaab returnees to surrender.
National Police Service has mounted billboards of eight wanted terror suspects along Avenues in Mombasa.
The suspects include Mohamed Abubakar Mohamed, Suleiman Mohamed
Awadh, Mahir Khalid Riziki, Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi alias Musa Muhajir
and Hamisi Mwacheti aka Rasta aka Bilal.
The others are Muumin Abdhalla Muumin, Abdhall Salim Marumu and one whose name is unknown.
A 21,500 U.S. dollars bounty has been placed on each of the suspects believed to have sneaked in from Somalia.
Poor and disgruntled Kenyan youth who joined Al Shabaab in recent
years have carried out a spate of terrorist activities in Nairobi, the
country's coast and northeastern region.
"We are on high alert of possible attacks by these returnees but we
are monitoring their movement to help us thwart the attacks, " said
another police officer.
Analysts say the returnees could pose a huge threat at a time when
most schools have closed and the youth are at a greater risk of joining
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