DCI releases names of FIVE most wanted terror suspects just hours after US and UK issued a security alert.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has appealed to members of the public to furnish it with information that would lead to the arrest of five suspects linked with the al-Shabaab militia.
Four of the individuals are allegedly responsible for the recent assaults on security personnel and civilians in Lamu County and the broader Boni area.
The other one is related to the Garissa University attack in 2014, which left 147 students dead.
The first one is Ramadhan Hamisi Kufungwa who coordinates attacks targeting innocent civilians in Kenya.
According to the DCI, Kufungwa is the link person to Kassim Musa Mwarusi, a fugitive responsible for executing attacks in Boni.
Mwarusi is said to be responsible for the recruitment of Kenyan youths into al-Shaabab and other terror groups.
The other suspect is Issa Abdalla Ahmed alias Issa Kauni, from Malindi in Kilifi county; he joined the Somalia-based group and traveled to Somalia in 2014.
Kauni has previously been involved in several attacks in the country and has risen through the ranks to become a member of the suicide brigade.
He is allegedly currently involved in planning attacks against targets within the country. Ahmed Omar Said alias Dogo Tabibu Bilal, also from Malindi, joined the Shabaab terror network in 2016 and was attached to the Jaysh Ayman Brigade, where he participated in several attacks within the Boni Forest.
Another one is Maalim Yussuf Hassan Abdullahi alias Isaack Hassan Abdullahi.
He is wanted for the killing of three teachers at Qarsa in 2018 and the assassination of a local assistant chief in Gumurey, Wajir County in December 2020.
The last dangerous and armed suspect has been identified as Maalim Abbas alias Abbas Guyo.
He is also linked to the planning of the Garissa varsity attack in April 2014.
Anyone with any information about the suspects’ whereabouts has been asked to contact the investigative body through its #FichuakwaDCI Hotline number 0800 722 203 or the police hotline number 999.
The statement by DCI comes after the United States Embassy in Nairobi issued a security alert, cautioning US citizens over an impending terror attack in the Kenyan capital.
In a statement on its website on Thursday, February 9, the US Embassy stated that Nairobi and other areas frequented by foreigners and tourists in Nairobi remain likely to be targeted.
“Locations frequented by U.S. citizens and other foreigners and tourists in Nairobi and elsewhere in Kenya continue to be attractive targets to terrorists planning to conduct potentially imminent attacks,” read the advisory in part.
The UK government has also urged its nationals to be extremely vigilant in areas singled out by the US Embassy.