The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit on Wednesday morning killed four most-wanted terrorists after a shootout ensued in Kenya’s Coastal region of Kwachocha, Malindi.
The four were killed following a fierce gun fire exchange after they declined to surrender and instead hurled a hand grenade and opened fire to police.
A 25-years old Suleiman Mohamed Awadh, born in Shella, Malindi, who has been on police list of most wanted terrorist, was among the dead.
Issa Jabir Ali from Kisauni in Mombasa, born on 1987 in Ganjoni, Sirgoi area in Kilifi County was also among the slain suspect that was immediately identified by police.
The other two killed are yet to be identified.
Area Officer Commanding Police Division, OCPD, Mutava Muchangi said the four died on the spot while three others are suspected to have escaped with severe gun wounds and an AK 47 rifle.
“Inside the house, we recovered a map illustrating target attack areas in Malindi, another map illustrating how to connect from Malindi to Boni forest by evading police road blocks, a dagger, five hand grenades, sim cards and several mobile phones, 11 blank cartridges, nine ids suspected to be stolen used in sim card registration, a letter addressed to a suspected Al Shabaab AG requesting for funds, clothing and food,” he said.
Mr. Muchangi said the recovered map illustrates that they were planning to attack a Police station, Nakumatt supermarket and Marine Park in Malindi.
“These areas have been marked in the maps. We thank the public for giving information that made us botch the terror attack,” he said.
He said it is believed they have been staying indoors since November last year when they rented the house and only came out during the night to avoid detection.
“The house was found with a lot of food to enable them keep indoor,” he said, adding that “Finger print and DNA tests will be done to identify the two slain suspects who were not immediately identified by police.”
Intensified security measures
Kenya government has extended a security operation to flash out Al Shabaab militants along the common border with Somalia.
The exercise earlier scheduled to take weeks from 1 January has been extended until the end of the month.
On Monday two people alleged to be members of Al-Shabaab were arrested in Isiolo County.
The two, Abdi Abdulahi Yusuf and Hassan Wario Sora are primary school teachers in the County.
They were apprehended at 4pm on Monday while in school by a combined team of security officers after a tip off from members of the public
Isiolo County Criminal Investigation Officer (CCIO) David Cheruiyot said police were interrogating the suspects, aged below 45.
He said the suspects have been using their profession and positions as teachers to preach radicalization to young people and recruiting youths to join militia groups.
The CCIO said police are also investigating a group of suspects who have been linked to disappearance of some youths in Isiolo.
Isiolo is known to be in an advanced standing as a recruiting area for Alshabaab but these remains as allegations since the authorities are yet to prove the suspects.
During the month of September year 2015, a number of tutors teaching Islamic Religious Education (IRE) and Arabic tutors suspected to be radicalizing young people were being investigated.
Last year several boys from Isiolo secondary school were said to have joined the terror group and even after the amnesty announced by the government, none among them has ever surrendered in Isiolo County.
– Wamoyi. M. M., AfricanQuarters, Kenya