Kenya: Police expose Kenya-Somalia cross-border terror cell

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Police in Kenya have exposed a cross-border terrorist cell comprising seven suspects who, it said, carried out recent terror attacks on a hotel and a lodge in the northeastern town of Mandera as well as attacks on a police camp in the region.

“The terrorists are believed to be operating between Kenya and Somalia and are suspected to have been involved in a number of terror attacks in North-Eastern region, particularly in Mandera County,” Police spokesperson George Kinoti, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Police declared a reward of US$20,000 for information leading to the arrest of each of the seven suspects believed to have been part of the terror cell.

The suspects include Abdullahi Issack Diyat aka Ubeyd, Ahmed Bashir, Sharif Sheikh Arab,  Andikadir Haret Mohamed Yusuf Kuno, Ahmed Mahat Mohamed aka Jerry, Idriss Ismael Issack and another suspect identified only as Mohamed with his full name unknown to the Police.

“We have reason to believe that they were instrumental in the planning and execution of attacks in Bisharo Lodge in October 2016 and Jabane Hotel attack in January 2017 and Arabia Police Camp in February 2017,” said the statement.

At least 12 people were killed last October when terrorists attacked Bisharo Lodge. The attackers used improvised explosive devices to attack the lodge, killing guests who had checked in the lodge.

Police called for public support in its war against the terror elements operating between the Kenyan territory and the Somali border.

Kenya is building a border wall as part of its new security measures to enhance security along the border with Somalia and to control the crossing of hardened terror suspects to and from Somalia.

“We urge the public to report to the police should they see any of them. A Kenya shillings 2 million reward is being offered for information that will lead to the arrest of any of them.

"Additionally, we wish to inform the public that whereas the threat of terror remains high, all the national security agencies have taken all necessary preventive and any other precautionary measures against such threats,” the Police stated.

-0- PANA AO/AR 8Feb2017

08 february 2017 19:20:27

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