Police looking for Somali national over terror suspicion


Police are looking for a Somali national who flew to the country on
September 24 after he had been released from a Mogadishu jail in
unclear circumstances.
Mr. Abdiwaahid Khalif Abdi alias Ise Tarabuun was in 2017 arrested
over terror claims in Mogadishu.
He was then reported to be in charge of Al-Shabaab operations in
Mogadishu prior to his arrest.
He was however released in unclear circumstances. According to police
reports he left Mogadishu via Salaam Airline heading towards Nairobi.
“He was briefly interrogated at Mogadishu airport while waiting for
his flight before he was allowed to travel. He comes from Habargidir
clan,” police said.
Police spokesman Charles Owino told Abdi to report to the nearest
police station with immediate effect.
Any person who has seen him or has information about him should also
do the same immediately or contact us by calling our toll free lines
999,911,112,” said Owino.
It is not clear where the wanted man is amid claims he could be on a
bad mission.
It is also not clear why the Somalia government did not alert Kenya on
the travel plans of the suspect.
This comes in the wake heightened police operations in the country
over fears of terror plans. Police say they have been receiving
intelligence of a planned attack in the country. Some terror cells are
engaged in narcotic drugs, which they are using to raise funds for
their plans.
Two weeks ago, police mounted roadblocks on the Garissa-Nairobi
highway following reports there were terrorists who were traveling
from Somalia using the route.
No arrest was made then. But since then, there have been operations on
major entities where the suspects are believed to be hiding.
Meanwhile, authorities keep warning Kenyans to be on alert at crowded
places and especially malls.


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