Police kill “most wanted terrorist” in Mombasa

Police kill “most wanted terrorist” in Mombasa

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Police display a gun and ammunition recovered from Mohammed Soshi in Kisauni on September 27,2016. PHOTO:WELDON KEMBOI

Mombasa,KENYA:A wanted terror suspect Ismael Mohammed Soshi was on Tuesday killed by police in his hide out in Kisauni, Mombasa.

According to Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia, the suspect was shot dead when police raided a rental house where he had moved in.

A G3 rifle belonging to a murdered police officer was found on the suspect, according to Mr Ngatia.

“We also found hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a terrorism training manual, which he is suspected of using to escape police dragnets, said Mr Ngatia

The officer was on duty at Gulf African Bank in Bondeni last year when he was killed by three assailants.

Soshi is accused of violent crimes and the murder of security agents combating radicalization and terrorism in Mombasa’s Old Town.

Meanwhile Police investigations have revealed that Soshi was living with the wife of slain terror suspect Kassim Omolo who was killed in June 2013 in the same area of Kisauni.

He was living with the widow as husband and wife in a bedsitter room with five children.

However, Omollo’s widow was not in the house at the time Soshi was killed.

The “family” was also living adjacent to a house where terror fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite had rented in Bilima ground in Kisauni together with Jermaine Grant who is currently serving time in Shimo La Tewa prison for terror offence.

The same house was raided by anti terrorism police in 2011 where Grant was arrested and several materials used to make explosives were recovered.

Mr Ngatia confirmed that officers recovered a training manual which the suspect has been using to escape police dragnet.

Police also link Soshi with a hit squad targeting police officers and security agents.

Soshi was ambushed at around 11:30am in his house. His five “bodyguards” who were arrested, were caught unawares by the raid, according to police.

Detectives termed the killing of Soshi as a breakthrough in the war against terrorism especially in Coast region.

The slain suspect was believed to be recruiting youths to join al shabaab militant group after radicalizing them.

He is said to be have been operating in the coastal city but he was smart enough in escaping police dragnet.

Coast regional coordinator Mr Nelson Marwa said the suspect had evaded several police dragnets including in Majengo raid, Malindi, Old town and Diani.

“The suspect would disguise himself as boda boda rider to evade police. He was living with the wife of the late Omollo but she was not in the house at the time of operation,” said Marwa.

Mr Marwa asked the local leaders to stand out and fight crime in the area.