Violet Kemunto. She is wanted by police over links to terrorism. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Police hunt 9 people over Dusit complex attack

By Samuel Ouma|@journalist_27

Violet Kemunto. She is wanted by police over links to terrorism. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Violet Kemunto. She is wanted by police over links to terrorism. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Police have intensified search for nine more suspects linked to the Dusit complex attack that occurred last week where 21 lives were lost and several injured.

On Sunday, January 20, police released photos of nine people who are believed to be behind the deadly attack among them being Violet Kemunto alias Khadija, alleged to be the wife of Ali Salim Gachunge, one of the attackers gunned down by security officers during DusitD2 drive siege.

Police appealed to the public to call or send message immediately they see the wanted terrorists. They include Boru Adbi Bidu, Didu Mohamed Fugicha, Abdi Ali Kachora, Gadaffi alias Munene, Ramadhan Wario Bonaya alias Rasho, Omari, Hussein Adan Hussein, alias Etto.

The name of the ninth suspect was not given even though his picture was distributed. Police described him as armed and dangerous.

“We are appealing to members of the public to be on the lookout and report to the nearest security agency should they see any of the persons whose photos appear therein. We believe they are currently in Somalia and are making efforts to fraudulently acquire Kenyan identities,” read the statement from the National Police Service.

Four attackers are believed to have been killed during the horrific attack while the fifth one blew himself up.

The suicide bomber identified as Mahir Khalid Riziki has been linked with several attacks in the country including deadly Garissa University attack in 2015 that claimed 147 lives. Prior to 2015 attack, he appeared in a 2014 police poster as one of the most wanted men. He has also been accused of being behind killings at the coastal part of the country.

The Jihadist is said to have crossed over to Somalia between 2013and 2014. He dropped out of school in form one at Bhadala Secondary school in Mombasa in 2011 and later radicalized at the Masjid Musa mosque. It is claimed he was a member of Jayish Al Ayman, an elite group of Al-Shabaab connected to the thwarted Baure attack on the Kenya Defence Forces in 2015.

The information has emerged that three out of five guns used in Dusit attack belong to Federal Government of Somalia. A preliminary ballistic examination of the guns revealed they were similar to the ones used by the Somali security forces.

The three guns bore the initials “SO”, usually used by the Somalia National Army. This revelation comes few months after the United Nations Security Council decried over diversion of military equipment purchased by the Somali Federal Government to armouries of rebel movements.

“Many such weapons were likely diverted piecemeal by unpaid members of Somali security forces,” the UN warned.

Many have been arrested and several are being interrogated over the horrendous attack.

 

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