Police have released photographs of six men wanted for alleged links to Al-Shabaab.
One of them, Rama Mbwana Mbega, aka Junia, is suspected to be hiding in Boni Forest, where the terrorist group has operational bases.
“He was recruited in Mombasa. He returned to Kenya in 2012 and is suspected to have been part of numerous attacks,” police said on Tuesday.
“Rama went back to Somalia in early 2014 and is still in communication with his fellow Jihadists in Kenya to recruit more youths from the Coast and the North Eastern. He is suspected to be holed up in Boni Forest and operating from Jilib.”
The others are Abdullahi Jarso Kotola, aka Seyfdeen; Hassan Jarso Kotola; Hassan Abdalla Mushi; James Kimanthi Masai; and Hamisi Swaleh Abdalla.
Seyfdeed, police said, is from Marsabit and holds a senior position in Al-Shabaab’s military wing.
He is believed to have participated in the Mpeketoni attacks of June 2014, which led to the killings of over 90 people.
The other Kotola is his brother.
Before going to Somalia, police said, he was a preacher at Daru Salaam Masjid on Nyayo Road in Shauriyako, Marsabit.
“While here (Marsabit), he used the opportunity to preach to the youth encouraging them to join Al-Shabaab. His access to the youth who went to pray at the mosque meant he could be able to interact with them and he therefore recruited them in the process,” police also said.
Hassan Abdalla Mushi, aka Hassan Kuku, comes from Kibirigwi, Kirinyaga.
He previously worked at Avenue Rescue Services and Emergency Medical Services as a driver and thereafter as a First Aid practitioner before he joined Al-Shabaab.
James Kimanthi Masai, aka Rafat, comes from Mutomo, Kitui.
Also on the list is Hamisi Abdalla Swaleh, who is wanted for a number of terror attacks and abductions in northeastern Kenya.
“Police are asking the public to give information that would lead to their arrest,” the police added.
Information to police is being received via toll free telephone numbers 999, 911 and 112.