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Deputy President Ruto said Kenya would not be cowed into withdrawing troops from Somalia in the wake of recent Shabaab bombings in Mombasa and Nairobi. Ruto blamed judges for releasing terror suspects Jamal Mohammed Awadh and Suleiman Mohammed Sayyed, who allegedly died in the Mombasa blasts; he said 22 other suspected terrorists have also been wrongly freed on bail, including Fuad Abubakar Maswab, who is thought to have fled to Somalia. President Kenyatta vowed to intensify security; last week 700 security force members were deployed to the coast. Police detonated a grenade found at a school in Garissa.
Twin bombings of two minibuses in Nairobi this evening killed three people and injured over 60. Yesterday twin bombings killed four people in Mombasa and an IED was discovered at a hotel in Nyali. Authorities suspect that the huge quantity of heroin, worth nearly $300 million, that was seized by the Australian navy off the coast of Kenya in April is linked to the Pakistani Dawood gang.
An explosion at a bus stop in Mombasa killed three people and wounded seven more; another explosion occurred at a coastal resort in Nyali. Authorities claimed to have thwarted twin Shabaab attacks aimed at disabling power stations and conducting further attacks in northeastern Mandera, where militants tried to damage a power station; and in Wajir, where militants fired at a large fuel reservoir, threw an explosive at an NGO building, and shot a guard. Police killed two of the Mandera attackers, said to consist of 30 Shabaab militants; a number of Somalis wounded during the incident are being interrogated.
Ali Hanash Al Amri, a Saudi national arrested in Kiunga along the Kenya-Somali border on suspicion of links to Shabaab, was released for deportation to Saudi Arabia after protest by the Saudi ambassador. Al Amri, a.k.a. Ahmed Hanas, who was suspected of recruiting and funding Shabaab fighters, was arrested with two Kenyans, and authorities seized a boat allegedly used by Shabaab militants. A Somali diplomat, Siyad Mohamud Shire, was detained during ongoing security sweeps in Nairobi. Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a security guard at Nairobi's biggest shopping mall and then escaped.
A car being escorted to a Nairobi police station blew up last night, killing two of the car's occupants along with two policemen. Security forces said the car could have been targeting a Cabinet Secretary and the Police Inspector General. One of the car's occupants had explosives on his body. Explosives were also found in another car impounded today in Nairobi. A witness in the trial of Westgate Mall attackers Mohamed Abdi Noor, Liban Omar, Adan Mohamed, and Hussein Mustafah said Noor's phone number was active in Kenya and Uganda starting in June 2013, three months before the attack.
Mohammed Abdi Adan, a sharia law graduate, was accused of facilitating terrorism and remanded into custody after authorities found video clips of the police training college in Nairobi in his possession. Police are investigating Sheikh Iman Ali, one of three jihadist clerics in Mombasa suspected of recruiting youth for Shabaab. Authorities arrested over 650 people over the weekend during security sweeps in Mombasa; 472 will appear in court. In Nyahururu, 100 miles north of Nairobi, a court closed after a bomb scare.
Police said 225 people, including 91 Somalis this week alone, have been deported in the ongoing security crackdown. The Mombasa county education director said there are pockets of radicalization in some schools. Former Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim denied having links to Shabaab.
A group of over 30 gunmen burned down the revenue offices in Mandera and shot the night watchman. Kenya suspended five wildlife service officials due to concerns about rampant poaching of elephants and rhinos; Kenya has become the world hub for illegal ivory smuggling. Uganda's police chief said the Westgate Mall attackers may have entered Kenya from Uganda. Addressing a crowd in the mainly Somali neighborhood of Eastleigh in Nairobi on April 10, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said that "[t]hose who are detonating explosives in Eastleigh should do it elsewhere" to avoid spoiling the Somali economic hub.
Radical Muslim youth took control of a mosque in Mombasa and renamed it Masjid Mujahideen; the youth are said to be from another Mombasa mosque that was renamed Masjid Shuhadaa (Martyrs' Mosque) in March. A Swedish man of Somali origin has been arrested on suspicion of recruiting for Shabaab. Interior Secretary Lenku said 101 suspected illegal aliens have been screened at a sports stadium, not 4,000, and that 82 were deported to Somalia.
Over the past four days, security forces have arrested over 3,000 illegal Somali residents in Nairobi; some 1,000 are being held in a sports stadium. Interior Secretary Lenku said 4,000 people have been detained across the country for fraudulent documents or on suspicion of criminal activity. Teachers at the Samad Islamic Institute in Eastleigh protested that alleged bomb-making materials found during a security sweep were actually honey and black seeds oil. On April 4, the US revised its travel warning on Kenya in light of recent attacks, and said security reasons prevent US Embassy personnel from traveling to areas of northeastern and coastal Kenya.
Some 6,100 police and soldiers looked for illegal immigrants and suspected Shabaab members as well as weapons and explosives in Nairobi's Eastleigh neighborhood; Somali leaders in Kenya opposed the sweeps. Hassan Mahati Omar, a Muslim cleric in Eastleigh, and his wife Fardosa Mohammed Abdi were found guilty of belonging to a Kenyan Shabaab cell and possessing two hand grenades. Mombasa police dispersed protesters after speakers at the Shuhadaa mosque (formerly Masjid Musa) urged Muslims to avenge the death of Shabaab-linked cleric Abubakar Shariff a.k.a. Makaburi by beheading non-Muslims. Leaflets promoting jihad were distributed in Mandera county.
Police stepped up patrols in Mombasa after the killing of radical cleric Abubaker Shariff Ahmed a.k.a. Makaburi, who was buried last night and and praised as a "martyr." Just a week ago, he won a damages from the government for unlawful detention of his property during an antiterrorism raid. In Nairobi's Eastleigh suburb, police defused an IED on a road near Moi airbase, and arrested a man and his wife who had two grenades. Officials said some Somali refugees will be repatriated, and security will be heightened at prisons as terrorists are planning attacks from them.
Abubakar Shariff Makaburi, a prominent Islamist accused of recruiting and raising funds for Shabaab, as well as advising the Kenyan Islamist group al Hijra, has reportedly been killed in a shooting outside Shimo la Tewa Prison in Shanzu near Mombasa. Police arrested over 627 suspects in Nairobi after six people were killed by bombs in Eastleigh yesterday; at least 200 of those arrested are believed to be Shabaab sympathizers. A militia attacked a bus on the road from Mandera to Nairobi, killing a passenger and wounding three others.