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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Wanted Al Shabaab Facilitator On The Run

Police are hunting for FRANCIS MACHARIA KARISHU, who is involved in helping terrorist to fraudulently acquire Kenyan Identity Cards.

Karishu operates 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.

The two, Abdimajit Hassan Adan and Mohamed Nane were arrested in February this year in Merti, Isiolo with a bomb laden car headed for Nairobi to carry out attacks. The fake Identity Cards were used by the two to access the Country from Somalia.

Initial investigations  by the Police indicate that Karishu has been engaging in the illegal business for a long time.

Karishu’s accomplices in the fake document syndicate Lydiah Nyawira Mburu and John Maina Kiarii have since been arrested and charged with forgery of official documents contrary to section 351 of the Penal Code and facilitating activities of terrorist Groups contrary to section 9(1) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2012.

Following the arrest of his accomplices, Karishu closed his business and went into hiding. The police are calling on the public to report to the nearest police station any information that may lead to Karishu’s arrest.

Anthony Mbele Munyasya on the run after foiled Al Shabaab attack

Al Shabaab terrororist and habitual offender, Anthony Mbele Munyasya alias Abdalla, who had sneaked into the country for a planned attack, is on the run, police have said. The highly trained operative is armed and dangerous; police are urging anyone with information that could lead to his arrest to report it to the nearest station.

Abdalla, who is from Kitui County, has reportedly been fighting alongside the Al Shabaab in Somalia since 2014. According to a police report, he was later deployed to Kenya as part of a group that was to conduct attacks in Nairobi in February this year.

Abdalla, is closely linked to Abdimajit Hassan, another terrorism suspect currently facing charges of planning attacks in Nairobi using a Vehicle Borne Explosive Device (VBIED). The device was recovered by police in Merti, Isiolo County on January 15, 2018. They also recovered AK-47 rifles, hundreds of bullets and improvised explosive devices.

A manhunt for him was launched following the arrest of Abdimajit. Prior to joining Al Shabaab, Abdalla was apparently a habitual offender who together with several other youths, burnt down the Living Water Church in Kitui.

They were arrested and charged with arson, but Abdalla jumped bail and it is during this time that he is believed to have sneaked to Somalia and joined the Al-Shabaab. Police are urging members of the public to help them with any information that may lead to his arrest.

SOURCE: CITIZEN

AMISOM forges a way forward to defeat Al Shabaab’s Asymmetric warfare

AMISOM has called for intensified collaboration between forces in Somalia and most importantly capacity building of Somali National Security forces to effectively counter Al Shabaab.

In a meeting convened by AMISOM and supported by the UK government, Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia, Ambassador Francisco Madeira called for efforts to defeat the threat posed by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Al Shabaab’s weapon of choice to security forces and civilian populations.

Among top strategies made by the union included intensified intelligence collection and information sharing as well as working closely with civilian populations to end the IED threat.

The ongoing collaboration between stakeholders and security agencies in the country has seen numerous defections from Al Shabaab, detainment of militia and sympathisers as well as foiled attacks that have seen hundreds of the Al Qaeda linked terrorists killed.

Colonel Richard Maundrell, the Commander of the British Forces in Somalia, echoed Madeira’s sentiments on “To achieve this, information sharing and coordination across these levels and organizations will be critical. While it is important to prepare the force and defeat the device, the only way the counter IED battle can be won is through proactive operations against the IED system. This will focus on the perpetrators of IED activity,” said Col. Maundrell.

The strategies are expected to address Al Shabaab’s Asymmetric warfare to counter the threat, and ensure gains made so far, in Somalia’s stabilization are not eroded.

 

Al Shabaab suicide bombers killed as security forces foil attack on Mogadishu

Nine Al Shabaab militants have been killed after a foiled attack that would have been a major strike in the Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.

Security forces working on an intelligence tip-off seized two Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices that were also being used to ferry suicide bombers in what was expected to be a destructive attack.

One of the vehicles was seized at KM4 Airport after it failed to stop at a security checkpoint forcing the police to fire at the explosives fitted vehicle killing all occupants.

The second vehicle was intercepted less than a kilometer away at the Banadir Junction in Hodan district at a National Intelligence and Security Agency security checkpoint, Sei Piano area. The militants who were determined to detonate the explosives at the checkpoint were killed on the spot, leaving two security forces injured.

The foiled attack on Somalia soils is among many Intel advised intercepts that have equaled deaths of hundreds of militants in the last month

Tens of Al Shabaab militants killed in a foiled attack

Tens of Al Shabaab militia have been killed outside dobley area in a foiled attack targeting Kenya Defence Forces. The militia group attempted to detonate Remote Controlled Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (RCVBIED) to hit KDF troops who were out on patrol in the area.

The RCVBIEDs also known as car bomb were destroyed and no serious injuries were reported on the KDF forces. The foiled attack is among other curbed attacks by troops deployed in Somalia.

This comes as AMISOM troops disposed over 75 kilos of unexploded ordnance captured from Al Shabaab militants at a safe place. Landmines and explosive remnants of war pose a serious threat to the local communities.