American linked to KDF attacks in Lamu charged
13 January 2016, 10:35
Baltimore, US - A 31-year-old American has been charged in a US court over links with last year’s al-Shabaab ambush on a military base in Lamu that left two soldiers dead.
Malik Jones is said to have travelled to Somalia in 2011 to join al-Shabaab, where he also learnt how to fire an AK-47 and rocket propelled grenades.
He is also alleged to have been supporting the militia group with materials as well as participating in terror attacks, after appearing in a video seized from the group.
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In the June 2015 attack, 11 al-Shabaab militants were also killed, with police identifying two of them as Luqman Osman Issa, also known as Shirwa, and Thomas Evans, also known as Abdul Hakim, a radicalized Briton.
Washington Times reports that Maalik was in another video retrieved from the body of one of the the body of Evans before the Lamu attack.
According to Daily Mail, the video was captured by Evans shortly before his death.
In December last year, Malik pledged allegiance to ISIS, which Al Jazeera reports, forced him to surrender to African Union forces to escape the wrath of al-Shabaab.
Malik is currently undergoing trial in the US and risks life imprisonment if found guilty.
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