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Marwa releases names of ‘Shabaab operatives’

Security officers in Mombasa have released the names of suspected terrorists said to have returned from al Shabaab training in Somalia, and who are reportedly terrorising residents in the county.

Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa yesterday described Nassir Sogomo, Lukeman Khatib, Nurdin Khamis and Jamal Rashid as dangerous al Shabaab terror group operatives, who he said have bases in Majengo and Diani in Ukunda, from where they plot their evil missions.

He said that detectives are zeroing in on the suspects to bring them to book, but raised concerns over some politicians said to be frustrating police efforts to deal with insecurity by funding and bailing out suspects. “We know the suspects and let them be warned that we are tracing their movements.

These are people who have been to Somalia for terrorism training and they are now back to unleash terror on residents but we will not sit and watch that happen,” said Marwa. The commissioner said police officers are also investigating tycoons funding the suspects’ activities and movement to and from Somalia.

He said the suspects have been posing as tuk tuk operators within Mombasa Island, where they have been targeting unsuspecting travellers from upcountry. “Some of them have tuk tuks and they normally position themselves at bus termini during the peak hours where they persuade travellers to board their vehicles.

We have information about them and we are monitoring them,” Marwa told journalists in Mkomani. Above the law He singled out a local Member of County Assembly who he said has been frustrating police efforts to prosecute the suspects by bailing them out whenever they are arrested.

Without dropping names, he said he has a list of notorious criminals who the MCA has bailed out, adding that no-one is above the law. “There is one MCA who has been notorious for bailing out suspects… I have evidence that he has been bailing out suspects whenever they are arrested.

That MCA should watch out because soon we are going to turn to him. Was he elected to serve the interests of wananchi or the interests of suspects?” asked Marwa. Early this year, the government had given amnesty to radicalised youths especially in the Coast, including those who had returned from training in Somalia.

They were required to surrender to the authorities, with Marwa assuring they would not be victimised. “On behalf of the President and the Ministry of Interior, we are asking the returnees and radicalised youths to give themselves up early to chiefs, assistant chiefs, officers commanding stations, officer commanding police division, members of County Assemblies and other authorities,” Marwa had said.

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