Four terror suspects in Kenya have been killed during a dawn raid on a safe house in the coastal town of Malindi, police in the East African nation say.
The officers recovered arms, ammunition and a map of the area detailing future targets for attack, regional police commissioner Nelson Marwa said. Suleiman Awadh, on Kenya’s most-wanted list, was among those killed, he said. The Somalia-based al-Shabab Islamist militant group has launched a number of deadly high-profile attacks in Kenya. These include storming a shopping centre the capital, Nairobi, in 2013 and raiding a university in the north-eastern town of Garissa last year. In the aftermath of the Garissa attack, the police released photographs of those suspects on their most-wanted list. Awahd had a $20,000 (£15,000) bounty on his head – and police said he may have been linked to attacks in the coastal town of Mpeketoni in 2014.
The photos of the suspects were circulated and police appealed for the public’s help to arrest them. Top on the list was Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi, aka Musa Muhajir, who was wanted in connection with the 2014 Mpeketoni bloodbath.nAll the suspects — Abdalla Salim Marumu, Mohamed Abubakar Mohamed and Muumin Abdalla Muumin — were from Coast, and were described as “bloodthirsty, armed and dangerous”. Also wanted is Ismael Shosi Mohamed, aka Ismael Mmanga, who is a member of Al-Shabaab’s Mombasa unit known in security circles as Jeysh Ayman. He was wanted along (with) others for the killing of Sheikh Mohamed Idriss, who was the chairman of CIPK’s Mombasa branch, among other Muslim clerics.