Police foiled Mombasa attack before Dusit raid

Vehicles burn at the entrance of DusitD2 attack following a terror attack on January 15, 2019. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Vehicles burn at the entrance of DusitD2 attack following a terror attack on January 15, 2019. Photo/Monicah Mwangi

The attackers of DusitD2 Hotel on Tueday had planned a twin assault in Mombasa, police say.

The attack in Nairobi happened in Dusit Complex on 14 Riverside Drive, but the Mombasa targets have not been revealed.

Police foiled the attack after communication from the DusitD2 planners leaked.

The terrorists had started ferrying weapons and explosives from Malindi after sneaking in through Boni Forest.

But reports indicate they cancelled the plans after police mounted roadblocks in search of a 14-seater matatu that was to deliver the ammunition.

A senior police officer told the Star the attackers had already left Boni and were holed up in Majengo.

The details emerged yesterday after the father and widow of DusitD2 suicide bomber Mahir Khalid Riziki were set free after lengthy questioning.

The father, who is yet to be identified, and widow Suhaila Mwalim Bakari were arrested at Majengo and Bakarani areas respectively.

Bakari declined an interview with the Star, saying she felt unwell.

Read:

In Truecaller, her mobile number’s name appears as ‘Lengo Ni Jannah’ which means the goal is paradise

Bakari was initially picked up by detectives for questioning on January 7, a week before the Dusit attack.

Reports indicate Riziki had informed his wife that he was in Nairobi for unspecified reasons three days prior to the incident.

He is reported to have sent a large sum of money to the widow and cautioned her to spend the cash wisely.

Riziki, aged 25, dropped out of Form One at Bhadala Secondary School in Mombasa in 2011. He married Bakari in 2012.

Police believe that Riziki was a close associate of Ismail Mohammed Shosi, a member of al Shabaab’s hit squad that targeted police officers.

He is believed to have operated from Boni Forest