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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Kenya places Sh8 million bounty on four al Shabaab behind Mandera bus, quarry massacres

Terror suspects believed to have been behind the November 2014 ambush on Makkah Bus that left 28 dead, and the December 2014 killing of 36 quarry workers in Mandera county. Photo/COURTESY
Terror suspects believed to have been behind the November 2014 ambush on Makkah Bus that left 28 dead, and the December 2014 killing of 36 quarry workers in Mandera county. Photo/COURTESY

Kenyan security agencies have placed a Sh8 million bounty on four terror suspects believed to have been behind attacks on a bus and a quarry in Mandera.

Abdullahi Issak, Idriss Issack, Ahmed Uweys and Mohamed Shide allegedly planned the November 2014 ambush on Makkah Bus that left 28 dead.

They have also been linked to the December 2014 killing of 36 quarry workers in the county.

"The suspects are believed to be operating in the general area of Mandera and Wajir in Kenya and the Gedo region of Somalia," IG Joseph Boinnet said in a statement on Friday.

"They are believed to be armed and dangerous," Boinnet said, adding they may be in the company of other al Shabaab terrorists and may collaborate with sympathisers.

Uweys, born in 1985, is said to have joined al Shabaab as a fighter before moving to its Amniyat intelligence wing.

He was a close associate of Adan Garar who was killed in March 2015 for his role in attacks in Kenya including the massacre of 67 at Nairobi's Westgate mall.

Shide who is from Garre community in Mandera, said to have been a close associate of Garar, is also a member of Amniyat.

He facilitates the distribution of arms and explosives for al Shabaab's use in attacks between Kenya and Somalia.

He was involved in the foiled attack against parliament in March 2015 and serves as a financier for al Shabaab and is also wanted for involvement in the Westgate attack.

Boinnet asked the public to offer any information regarding their whereabouts or any that will lead to their capture.

"Information provided will be treated with utmost confidence and will go a long way in ensuring the suspects are brought to justice," he said.

The Inspector General noted that the al Shabaab threat is "still alive" as there are reports the group is keen on carrying out other attacks.

"They are targeting security installations... soft targets in Northern Kenya counties, the Coast and other major cities," he said.

Boinnet said criminal groups such as Mungiki and Sungu Sungu still remain proscribed; he said there are efforts to revive the groups as the 2017 general election approaches.

"Any moves by such groups or their agents will be met by the full force of law... they will not be allowed to thrive. Some of these individuals are also involved in the manufacture and sale of illicit alcohol," he said.

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