Wanted! Armed and dangerous Al-Shabaab hitmen on the loose


01 May 2015 | by
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Wanted! Armed and dangerous  Al-Shabaab hitmen on the loose

Police have released pictures of four armed and dangerous Al-Shabaab hitmet deployed to bomb targets in Mombasa this weekend. Police put a bounty of 2 Million each of the suspects who intelligence indicate have been activated to target labour day holiday makers at the coast. At the same time parliament has introduced new security regulations to control the movement of vehicles and people into the August house following revealation that Al Shabaab planned to use insiders to attack.....

Police have released pictures of four armed and dangerous Al-Shabaab hitmet deployed to bomb targets in Mombasa this weekend. Police put a bounty of 2 Million each of the suspects who intelligence indicate have been activated to target labour day holiday makers at the coast. At the same time parliament has introduced new security regulations to control the movement of vehicles and people into the August house following revealation that Al Shabaab planned to use insiders to attack.

The speaker of the National Assembly Muturi announced the enhacing of security a day after a senate employee was fingered forworking with al Shabaab in a planned bombing of Parliament was arrested on Sunday evening.Ali Abdulmajid Ahmed, who has worked in Parliament for over 10 years and was charged in court for attempting the attack. Police were given more time to continue holding him in custody at Kilimani police station as their investigations go on. He had in 2011 been linked to terror activities of the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque based Muslim Youth Council affiliate to Al Shabaab in a UN intelligence report. The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea explicitly elaborated how Abdulmajid had links to the youth who have since been recruited into and foug for Al Shabaab in Somalia. One of them Ahmed Iman Ali with who Abdulmajid sat on a mosque management committee has since been appointed the Al Shabaab Emir of Kenya.

The National Assembly speaker warned MPs that they will no longer be allowed to drive into Parliament Buildings compound in their cars with with their visitors. MPs will only drive in with a bodyguard and official driver.Visitors will only be allowed access to Parliament on authorised invitation cards.The Speaker’s rules on admittance of strangers to parliament will be strictly enforced especially a requirement that MPs will not have more than two visitors at any time within Parliament.Muturi appealed to the legislators to cooperate and be vigilant because the new regulations were being put in place for their own security. “The parliamentary staff that I chair is implementing meticulous measures aimed at enhancing the security of all persons and facilities within and around the precincts of Parliament. In this regard, members and parliamentary staff are required to be vigilant and to cooperate with the security agencies as they implement these measures,” Muturi said.

He said the Parliamentary Service Commission was keenly following the investigations by the security agencies on the arrested staff member.“You may also be aware that a member of staff of the parliamentary service is being questioned by security agencies on security related issues. I wish to assure you that the commission is keenly following up on this matter to its logical conclusion,” he said.In the court files, ATPU claims that Majid has been recruited into al Shabaab and is being used to plan a terror attack on Parliament Buildings and five other major buildings in the city.With his arraignment in court on Monday, Abdulmajid’s nemesis seems to have caught up with him.

Abdulmajid was named as an Al Shabaab sympathizer operating from Pumwani Riyadh Mosque under the umbrella of Al Hijra which was previously the Muslim Youth Council (MYC) who have claimed allegiance to Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda.The group was later transformed to the Al Hijra after being associated with terrorist activities. Pumwani Riyadh mosque has on several occasions denied any involvement in terrorist activities.However, Abdulmajid who has worked as Kenya’s National Assembly staff and later the Senate for over ten years is the vice chairman of the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque management committee.

He previously worked with Kenyan Al Shabaab fighter and MYC founer Sheikh Ahmed Iman Ali.Shaykh Ahmad Iman Ali, an Engineering graduate from University of Nairobi was a youth leader at Pumwani Riyadh Mosque and oversaw the construction of the new mosque. He and other youth took over management of the mosque after ousting the previous committee over alleged corruption and mismanagement.Al-Shabab has since appointed him its emir in Kenya and is alleged to have led a mission to recruit hundreds of Majengo youth into the terrorists group. In August 2013 some members of the Al Hijra (formerly Muslim Youth Council) from Majengo area of Nairobi where the Pumwani Riyadh Mosque is located planned to kill a UN staff member Babatunde Taiwo whom they accused of spying on them and exposing Ali Abdul Majid who was then an employee of the Parliamentary Service Commission and a member of Pumwani Riyadha Mosque, as an Al Shabaab member.

He was arrested on Sunday night and booked at Kilimani Police Station after an intelligence report written by the Central OCPD Paul Wanjama that linked him to a plot to attack the parliament, the University of Nairobi and several churches leaked to the media.“The terror group plans to use an operative who is affiliated to the popular Pumwani Riyadh Mosque who is also a staff member at the Senate to actualize the attack.” A letter by Central OCPD Paul Wanjama addressed to Parliament police station OCS Mr Samson Chelugo says.Targeted areas include Muthurwa Market, Nairobi Pentecostal Church, Holy Family Basilica, St Andrews PCEA church and University of Nairobi.

Interestingly, on the day Abdulmajid was arrested Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU ) officers arrested a suspected terrorist near the county’s Islamic Relief office. Two of his accomplices escaped on foot towards Somalia following a shootout with security agents. The arrested suspect is being interrogated by police and intelligence operatives in Wajir and will be brought to Nairobi.A major operation conducted by Kenya Defence Force, troops, police officers combed the area but no weapons were recovered nor did they arrest any more suspects. The Wajir County Commissioner Fredric Shisia said that the three terrorists were intercepted minutes before they launched an attack on the county government offices.

 

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