DCI names 8 most wanted Al-Shabaab terror suspects

 Erick Njoroge Wachira, Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir.

Terror suspects Erick Njoroge Wachira and Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir.

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The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has  named eight wanted terror suspects.

Some of the suspected are believed to have taken part in the planning of the Dusit D2Complex attack three years ago.

The eight are said to be highly trained, armed and dangerous and are suspected to have been dispatched to the country to commit acts of terror.

“The DCI is appealing to members of the public to volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of the following eight terror suspects, linked to the Al-Shabaab terror network,” DCI George Kinoti said on Twitter.

Mohammed Ali Hussein and Ahmed Ali Mohamed are fugitives who reportedly escaped after being arrested at Merti area in Isiolo County. They had been deployed to carry out an attack using a Vehicle Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in the country in 2018.

Security officials managed to foil the attack but the two fled to Somalia.

Abdurahman Hija aka Mnubi, from Nyeri County is reported to have been a member of a criminal gang that used to terrorise Nyeri town residents before fleeing to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab terror group in 2016.

Underwent training

 While in Somalia, he underwent training and was used in fighting before he was dispatched to the country to carry out attacks.

Mohamed Ali Hussein, Ahmed Ali Mohamed and Abdurahman Hija

Terror suspects from left: Mohamed Ali Hussein, Ahmed Ali Mohamed and Abdurahman Hija.

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Eric Njoroge Wachira aka Mohamed Njoroge aka Moha, a resident of Nyeri County is reported to have been a member of a criminal gang that was involved in armed robberies within Mukurwe-ini and Karatina sub counties prior to joining Al- Shabaab in 2016.

Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir aka Ikrima aka Ikram aka Ukasha aka Abdulqadir Mahmud Ahmed aka Abu Abdalla Hamisi, a Somali and close associate to Al-Shabaab leaders including Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, Abdi Godane and Salim Swaleh Nabhan, is wanted for his role in the planning of the Dusit D2 Complex attack in 2019 and the Kampala bombing in 2010.

He is reported to have at some point lived in South C in Nairobi and Kongowea/Nyali in Mombasa County.

Peter Gichungu Njoroge aka Mustafa (33) a holder of a Bsc Degree in Information Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) was arrested in Mandera Town enroute to Somalia to join Al Shabaab on July 6, 2016.

He was arraigned in court and later released on March 6, 2020 after which he stayed in the country briefly before leaving for Somalia accompanied by his girlfriend Miriam Hamisi from Bamburi area, Mombasa County.

 Planning attacks

Mophamud Abdi Aden alias Mohamed Yare alias Ibrahim alaias Mohamed Hassan alias Mohamud Abdirahman was arrested in April 2014 for providing information to Al Shabaab on possible targets that the group could attack in the country.

He was then arraigned in court with collection of information contrary to section 29 and 30 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

Kassim Musa Mwarusi, Mohamud Abdi Aden, Peter Gichungu Njoroge.

From Left: Terror suspects Kassim Musa Mwarusi, Mohamud Abdi Aden, Peter Gichungu Njoroge.

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The court acquitted him on March 31, 2017 after which he rejoined the Al-Shabaab in Somalia. Authorities say he is part of the cell that planned the Dusit2 attack in 2019.

Kassim Musa Mwarusi aka Abu Miki is a former resident of Ukunda where he was a member of a criminal gang operating in the South Coast region.

He is reported to have been involved in radicalising unsuspecting youth in Likoni, Diani and Ukunda.  

On November 9, last year, the DCI announced five others; Salim Mohammed, Trevor Ndwiga, Muhammad Abubakar, Egilva Bwire and Barigi Haila and declared them wanted over terrorism charges.

On November 15, the DCI announced the escape of three terror convicts Musharaf Abdallah Akhulunga alias Shukri, Mohamed Abdi Ali alias Mohamed Alu Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo from Kamiti Maximum Prison and offered a Sh60 million cash reward to whoever provides information that leads to their arrest.

The three were later found in Endau Kitui County after residents reported seeing them buying milk, bottled water and biscuits in Malalani market.