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The government said Shabaab is recruiting youth with the help of extemist clerics in Nairobi and in the northeastern, western, and coastal regions. Many of the clerics are said to be Tanzanians, including wanted Sheikh Ramadhan Juma, who is accused of facilitating cross-border radicalization. Authorities have released 41 suspected Shabaab members arrested during a raid at the Masjid Musa in Mombasa on Feb. 2; among those freed was Masjid Musa preacher Suleiman Ali, who was charged with incitement. Three computers seized in the raid reportedly contained jihadist training materials and details on the financing of Shabaab networks in Kenya.
A British police officer testified that a memory stick found in Jermaine Grant's possession contained documents detailing the use of chemicals to make explosives, as well as ways to make booby traps to target government officials. Forensic experts were able to recover 125 files, 66 of which referred to jihad, that Grant had tried to erase. Grant's co-conspirator Faud Abubakar jumped bail and has reportedly headed to Somalia to join Shabaab.
A Kenyan policeman has been shot in Ukunda in what is suspected to be a retaliatory Shabaab attack for the Masjid Mussa mosque raid. In Mandera, police arrested three armed men who had infiltrated from Somalia. According to the Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, the FBI is in possession of the bodies of the Westgate mall attackers.
Riots continued for a third day in Mombasa in the wake of the Masjid Mussa mosque raid. Two police officers have pled not guilty to allegations regarding the abduction of Ethiopian ONLF representatives in Nairobi. Police have released the names of two men suspect of involvement in the Westgate mall attack.
A manhunt is underway for two alleged Shabaab members who escaped police at the Masjid Mosque raid on Sunday and are suspected of efforts to radicalize Muslim youth in Mombasa. Sources in Kenya claim that the gathering at the mosque was being used to bring together newly recruited jihadists from cells in Eldoret, Kisumu, and Busia. One person has been confirmed dead in fresh protests in Mombasa after a funeral procession for a man killed in Sunday's raid turned violent. Elsewhere in Mombasa, an IED exploded at a primary school but did not cause any casualties.
A raid by Kenyan police on the Masjid Mussa mosque in Mombasa has devolved into two days of rioting by youths the police say were being radicalized by pro-Shabaab Islamists. So far 129 have been arrested, and authorities are debating whether to close the mosque.
Kenyan security is on high alert following reports of an imminent Shabaab attack. In a boost to Kenya's regional naval ambitions, an Italian ship-building firm is considering establishing a shipyard in Mombasa.
Anti-terror police in Malindi have killed an Islamist thought to be behind the murder of a police reservist involved in counterinsurgency operations. The US Director of National Intelligence believes that Shabaab militants are planning new attacks on Kenya.
A parliamentary committee investigating the Westgate Mall attack claimed that security agencies in the border town of Mandera have given over control to Shabaab. Discrepancies were found in the testimony of a police officer who claimed he killed a terrorist during the Westgate Mall siege.
Security forces are on alert following reports that Shabaab is planning to attack various targets across the country. Kenyan defense spending will rise to US $5.5 billion by 2018, with dramatic equipment procurements expected.
Shabaab is targeting youth in the refugee camps of Dadaab and Kamuka on the Somali-Kenyan border in an attempt to bolster its numbers. Shabaab's Kenyan affiliate, al Hijra, is radicalizing youth and preaching against what it calls an anti-Islam campaign across East Africa.
The high incidence of extremism in Mombasa's young Muslim community is being blamed on poverty and marginalization. Two churches in predominantly Muslim areas on the outskirts of Mombasa were attacked with petrol bombs on Christmas Day.