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Residents and businesses are suffering from insecurity due to Shabaab attacks in the coastal province of Lamu; leaflets are circulating warning non-Muslims to leave. Foreign Secretary Mohammed said Kenya's travel advisory warning Kenyans about the UK's Heathrow airport due to the danger of al Qaeda terror attacks was not retaliatory; the UK had recently warned its citizens to avoid travel to Mombasa. Eastleigh residents complained of extortion by police making false arrests of alleged "Shabaab" suspects. Witnesses said that the 50 Shabaab gunmen who stormed two villages in Lamu on July 12 briefly took over a mosque, where they delivered a delivered a 30-minute sermon calling on worshipers to support their jihad.
Kenyan forces, including aircraft, searched the forests of Gorji and Belasange in Lamu county, looking for suspected Shabaab fighters who have attacked and raided villages and farms in the area. During a raid in the forests of Kilifi county, seven members of the secessionist MRC were arrested, and guns and weapons were confiscated; some 1,000 youths were arrested in a separate security operation. On July 11, gunmen in Mombasa murdered prominent businessman Mohamed Shahid Butt, who was to face trial next month on charges of financing the radicalization of Muslim youth.
A group of 60 armed men raided the village of Pandanguo in Lamu, torching a school and several houses, harassing women and children, and stealing valuables, before disappearing into the forest. Residents are fleeing Lamu county and schools have been closed due to security fears following recent attacks that killed at least 80 people. National Intelligence Service director general Michael Gichangi failed to provide a governmental committee with the names of persons involved in sugar smuggling; Shabaab is said to have infiltrated Kenyan sugar-smuggling gangs, particularly in Garissa.
Security forces arrested some 70 suspects last in Lamu and Tana River in connection with last month's violence in Mpeketoni, and charged two previously arrested suspects with murder.
About 20 gunmen raided a police camp in Mpeketoni on the night of July 7, killing three people and burning down the camp. Unknown assailants attacked a crowd in Wajir on July 7 with gunfire and a grenade, killing one person and seriously wounding six others. A judge refused the bail request of suspected Shabaab terrorist Mahamud Abdi Adan, who allegedly was planning attacks on vital government installations.
Shabaab claimed yesterday's attacks in the coastal towns of Gamba and Hindi, where at least 29 people were killed by gunmen. The Shabaab militants also broke into the Gamba jail during the attack, freeing a number of inmates, including suspects in the recent attacks in nearby Mpeketoni. The attackers also burned buildings, including a church, in Hindi. A number of residents are missing. The attackers, who carried guns and machetes and spoke mainly Somali, managed to escape.
A Kenyan MP claimed that about 3,000 Kenyan and Somali youth trained under a US-funded program to provide security for a buffer zone along the Somali border have instead become terrorists for hire in Kenya. A police officer investigating "sensitive cases" was shot and killed by three gunmen in Mombasa, where Shabaab sympathizers have murdered a number of security forces and informers.
Suspected Shabaab militants killed five people in Witu near Lamu; six more were also reportedly killed in neighboring villages. A massacre in nearby Mpeketoni last week is being blamed on a major "security collapse," as authorities had been warned of an impending attack. A Nairobi judge rejected the prosecution's attempt to cancel bail for Ahmed Dugal, a suspected accomplice in a Shabaab car bombing on April 23. Authorities arrested 17 suspects, including a woman, over rumors of a Shabaab attack in Naivasha. Police are investigating leaflets that threatened Shabaab attacks on the Masii police station, the Ithanga chief camp, and Muumoni and Ithanga villages.
Police have arrested several suspects in the recent attacks in Mpeketoni and Poromoko, as well as a suspect operating social media accounts used by Shabaab to claim responsibility; the local police commander was sacked. Five suspects in the attacks were shot dead by police yesterday. The Mpeketoni attackers reportedly claimed to be Shabaab from Somalia and threatened to return for more attacks in Kenya before moving on to Tanzania and Uganda. Two people were charged for the murder of Sheikh Mohamed Idris on June 16; one suspect possessed 108 terrorism-related CDs. The US is moving some of its embassy staff out of the country due to "recent changes in Kenya's security situation."
The Red Cross said 52 people are missing following a suspected Shabaab attack on the coastal town of Mpeketoni on June 15; the next day 15 more people were killed in an attack on a nearby village. President Kenyatta claimed that the attack was politically motivated and not the work of Shabaab. Witnesses claimed that the 50-some attackers carried Shabaab flags and were led by a "white man." Police shot two suspected terrorists in Garissa. Suspected Shabaab terrorist Abdirizack Muktar Edow was denied bail.
Suspected Shabaab gunmen attacked Mpeketoni police station in Lamu county, then set fire to three hotels, a restaurant, and a police station before fleeing. At least six people were killed in the attack, but the casualty count is likely to rise; the Red Cross was unable to visit the town due to ongoing violence. Political moderates and activists in the Mombasa region say they are being targeted by Islamists. Four students and a madrassa teacher were arrested while traveling to Somalia to join Shabaab.
Gunmen in Mombasa killed moderate cleric Sheikh Mohammed Idris, chairman of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya. Idris, a vocal opponent of Shabaab, had been threatened previously and was involved in a power struggle with extremists at his mosque. Terror charges were filed against Jabareen Ahmad a.k.a. Ahmad Ahmad Mohamood Salim a.k.a. Harun Osama, an Israeli, and Mohamed Salim a.k.a. Daud, a Moroccan; Osama, thought to be a top member of Shabaab, was arrested on Feb. 25 on suspicion of planning terror attacks in Kenya. Four Somalis accused of plotting a terror attack at Jomo Kenyatta airport dropped their application for reduced bail. Bail has been denied for Dugal Ali, who is linked to a suspected Shabaab car bombing on April 23, as he is thought to have planned other terror attacks while in jail.
Kenyan police are looking into reports that a woman resembling wanted Shabaab terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite had tried to cross over into Somalia from Lamu county and then vanished after border guards denied her permission. The head of the National Task Force on Community Policing urged the Kenyan media to demonstrate patriotism by avoiding coverage of Shabaab attacks. The UK added a travel advisory for Mandera county, and Australia warned citizens to avoid the Kenya-Ethiopian border area due to the danger of Shabaab attacks.
Kenyan Defense Forces killed two Kenyan Muslim clerics in a shootout in Khadija Haji, Shafshafey; a Somali thought to be a key Shabaab member escaped across the border into Somalia. The three suspects were said to be planning a terrorist attack on Mandera town, where the two clerics allegedly belonged to a Shabaab group. The suspects threw grenades at the KDF forces during the attack, and eight more grenades were recovered. KDF forces have been deployed to Mandera to help police deal with insecurity. One man was killed and three injured by a grenade attack in Garissa. An attacker injured in a clash after throwing a grenade at police in Kilifi died. In Wajir, a curfew was imposed after four days of clashes, and KDF forces confiscated bundles of military uniforms that may have been destined for Shabaab.
Police claimed to have arrested two terror suspects in Mandera county: Yunis Mohammed Osman, a Somali, and Mahabub Aden Adow, a Kenyan. Osman had escaped from the Dadaab refugee camp, and Adow had ben previously charged with terrorism and freed on bail. Antiterrorism police arrested Mbaraka Omar Ramadhani, a Tanzanian member of Shabaab who was picked up in Mandera city on his way to Somalia. On May 25, a group of at least 10 Shabaab fighters attacked Kenyan forces on a road between Hindi, Kenya and Ras Kamboni, Somalia, killing two soldiers; two other soldiers are missing.