Al Shabaab Sympathizer And Facilitator Presents Himself To Authorities

Al Shabaab Facilitator Francis Macharia Karishu has presented himself to the police. The former owner of a printing shop at Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue was arrested Sunday evening in Kayole Estate.

The Culprit on whom police placed Ksh 1 million bounty was operating a business by the name Paste Printers in Nairobi, within RIDGES building along Luthuli Avenue, where he engages in the printing of fake identity cards, bank cheques, title deed forms, birth certificates and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education certificates among other documents.

Police have revealed that it was Karishu who processed the four (4) fake Kenyan Identity cards that the two terror suspects Abdimajit Hassan Adan and Mohamed Nane, who were planning to carry a VBIED attack in Nairobi, were using.

Karishu closed shop after wind the authorities were looking for him and escaped to Kayole where he is said to have put up in a ‘safe haven’.

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Al Shabaab Forces Female Genital Mutilation On Young Girl

Over the past few months many young girls have come out to share their experiences of kidnap and rape under the hands on the Al Shabaab. Recently a young girl from Hoosingo who attended the free medical camp offered by Kenyan troops, revealed that she was held captive for one week and raped by the terrorists.

The 10 year old girl who was accompanied by her mother told medical personnel at the camp that the day before she was released her genitals were forcefully mutilated.  After examination, doctors discovered that this procedure involved total removal of her labia and clitoris and the girl had experienced severe bleeding and had contracted an infection.

Islamic scholars have come out strongly to oppose the notion that Islam supports Female Genital Mutilation. Led by the deputy Chief Kadhi Rashid Ali Omar, the scholars said that people mostly mistake the cultural practices of the pastoralist communities who are mostly Muslim and assume the practice of FGM is in Islamic law. “From the Islamic Law there is nothing called FGM and it prohibits the mutilation of any organ of a person and even of an animal,” Omar said

Police Officers In Foiled Terror Attack Awarded For Exemplary Work

29 officers who participated in interception of a powerful Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Merti, Isiolo have been rewarded for exemplary work. The VBIED and other explosives were to be used in attacking a court, Parliament and a church in simultaneous incidents.

The suspects behind the incident had driven with the bombs from Somalia and planned to attack government buildings and release a terror suspect currently facing various charges.

The suspect they planned to free is a Muslim cleric Sheikh Guyo Gorsa who is currently in custody over various terror related charges. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet flew to Merti on Saturday and announced the team would receive the Distinguished Service Award that is given to officers who excel within the National Police Service. “I came here to commend all the officers who participated in the operation that led to the interception of the vehicle that could have caused huge destruction and deaths,” said Boinnet.

Some 1,199 bullets, 36 unprimed hand grenades, 18 Improvised Explosive Devices and five AK 47 rifles were recovered from an SUV and four other suspects are in custody from the sting operation on February 15, 2018. There were also three military knives in the vehicle that the terrorists planned to use in their attacks.

Police also recovered several SIM cards and mobile phones, a black flag and other paraphernalia associated with Al-Shabaab militia groups, motorcycle and ignition keys from the suspects. The recovery took place in a remote area, almost 200 kilometers from Isiolo Town.

The VBIED had been built into the car and were ready for detonation. Five suspects accused of planning to bomb a court to rescue the radical cleric have been charged with terrorism-related offences. Abdimajit Adan, Mohammed Nane, John Maina, Antony Kitila alias Rasta, and Lydia Nyawira denied nine counts of terrorism charges.

According to the investigators, the accused were arrested on February 15, 2018, while on a mission to attack the Milimani Law Courts on February 16, the day Muslim cleric Guyo Gorsa was scheduled to be arraigned to take a plea — also on terrorism-related charges. The five were charged that on February 15, within and outside the Republic of Kenya and jointly with others not before court, conspired to carry out a terrorist attack.

SOURCE: STAR

Police Arrest Husband And Wife Linked To Al Shabaab

Police have arrested a couple suspected to be financiers and logicians for the Al-Shabaab terror group. Officers apprehended Yassin Abdille Hussein aka Abu Sumeiya and his wife Fartun Mohammed Guleidin Eastleigh, Nairobi.

The two are also believed to be accomplices of a key Al-Shabaab operative in Mandera, Abdiweli Mohamed Guleid alias Abdiweli Kamaure, who is the mastermind behind the November 2014Mandera Bus attack where the militants cold-bloodedly killed all the non-Muslims onboard the Mandera-bound bus.

The couple, from the Marehan clan, emigrated from Gedo region in Somalia and has been operating in Kenya using fake documents. Police reports indicate that the two have various businesses whose finances are channeled to support Al Shabaab activities.The 42-year-old Yassin Abdille Hussein, is a contractor who mainly operates his renovation trade in South B and parts of Eastleigh, while his wife Fartun Mohammed Guleid, 41 is the sister to Kamaure.

An inquiry to how they were able to open businesses and operate in the country under false documentation is also under investigation. Initial reports confirm that the two have been channeling funds to Kamaure for atleast for over five years now. Kamaure joined Alshabaab in 2007, and is currently the Deputy Governor of Gedo Region serving under Al shabaab head Sheikh Abdirahman Fillow, he is said to be instrumental in the co-ordination of attacks by Alshabaab in Bulla-Hawa, Mandera and along the border of Mandera and Somalia deploying militia to kill teachers and quarry workers in Mandera County.

He has also been in charge of some of the attacks by the group in Wajir. Five wanted terrorists from Wajir identified through a police press statement last week are said to be be operating under the command of Kamaure, the five include; Kullow Yarrow Abdi, Mohamed Ahmed Yarrow, Ahmed Dabar, Mohamed Mohamud Abdullahi and Adan Yussuf Sheikh.

Kamaure is also in charge of a recruitment cell that preys on disillusioned youth from Mandera and Wajir Counties, radicalizing them and facilitating their travel to Somalia for training and thereafter their return to the country where they carry out attacks against security Installations and vehicles, and other critical infrastructure in the North Eastern and Coastal region of the country.

Security agencies are urging the public to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of these individuals.The security agencies have also expressed delight at the quick action of local leaders and the public for their commitment to the fight against terrorism in the country. They also indicated that they are closing in on the suspects who are still in hiding and urged the public to volunteer any further information that will lead to their arrest.

IGAD Launches Counter Terrorism Centre To Deal With Rising Violent Extremism In The Region

The International Authority on Development (IGAD) on April 25th 2018 convened to officially reveal a major strategy to counter and prevent violent extremism as terrorism continues to be a major security threat among member states; Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Eritrea.

IGAD Center of Excellence in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (ICEPCVE) in Djibouti is expected to play a big role in institutionalizing the prevention and countering of violent extremism in the Horn of Eastern Africa Region.

As Violent extremism increasingly becomes a transnational security threat that is undermining international peace and security as clearly expounded in the 2016 UN Secretary General Plan of Action for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE), the centre aims at providing training to enhance capabilities of governments to counter violent extremism, providing a space for researchers to catalyse more research to effectively counter violent extremism.

Also, the centre will specialise in empowering youth, women, religious leaders and civil society by enhancing capacity in countering violent extremist ideology by helping generate positive alternatives for young people vulnerable to violent extremist recruitment.