German terror suspect crosses into Somalia
A German terror suspect whose picture was circulated by police on Saturday over links with the al Shabaab could have crossed into Somalia. Ahmed Khaled Mueller is believed to have entered Kenya disguised to plan terror attacks in the country. He uses many aliases including Andreas Martin Muller and Abu Nusaibah among others. “We have no idea of where he is at this time. He might as well crossed into Somalia, but security officers are on high alert to try and get him,” said a police source
Police had asked Ahmed Khaled Mueller to report to the nearest police station to be handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit for questioning on his terror links.
The statement, which was signed by police spokesman Eric Kiraithe for the Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere, on Saturday did not however disclose Mueller's date and port of entry into the country.
Police had appealed to any member of the public with information on the whereabouts of Mueller to report to the nearest police officer, security officer or police station. “The Kenya police has cause to be believe that this man has information on activities of al Shabaab, ” read the statement. The release of Mueller's photograph comes at a time when Kenya is fighting to contain the threat posed by terror groups including Al-Shabaab. Several foreigners have in recent past been arrested while on their way to Somalia to join the al Shabaab fighters.
Among the foreigners arrested in Kenya include British national James Grant, who is still facing terror related charges in Mombasa, and German national Sascha Alessandro Boettcher, who was held in Mombasa in 2010 before being deported.
Head of Germany police was recently in the country and signed a pact with Kenya for a joint working relationship on the war against terrorism and drug trafficking.