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British tourists escaped harm when a grenade thrown at their bus near Mombasa failed to explode. A parliamentary committee said that security lapses and corruption had helped to make Shabaab's attack on the Westgate Mall possible.
Police and intelligence services have been criticized by a parliamentary committee for failings in the lead-up to the Westgate attack. Gunmen killed a Muslim preacher traveling from Mombasa to Ukunda.
A suspect has been accused of planning the Westgate mall attack in Nairobi. Police have arrested a number of radical Muslim youth who attempted to forcefully take over a mosque in Mombasa. Those arrested are believed to be sympathizers of the slain Sheikh Aboud Rogo.
Bail has been denied to four Somali men accused of aiding the Westgate attackers, providing support and shelter to the gunmen, and using false documents. In Moyale the Gabra-Borana conflict has intensified along the border with Ethiopia. In Mombasa, Muslim leaders are meeting to discuss the growing threat of youth radicalization.
Authorities believe Shabaab has significant infrastructure in Garissa. Most Somali refugees are against leaving Kenya, and less than 100 have registered at the UNHCR office despite the creation of a voluntary repatriation framework.
Shabaab warned Kenya of impending terrorist attacks, in the latest edition of its English-Swahili magazine. A Kenyan Muslim human rights group accused antiterrorism police of unlawful killings. Police detained a suspected Shabaab recruiter in Nyeri. Interior Secretary Lenku announced plans to install CCTV cameras along the Somali border to prevent Shabaab infiltration.
Authorities have confirmed that all four of the attackers at Nairobi's Westgate mall have been identified. Reports indicate that the Shabaab gunmen trained in Somalia and crossed into Kenya in June before carrying out the attack. A Western official privy to the investigation said the four had a "local support network" in Kenya, and that they had previously traveled abroad.
Kenya has closed several security posts along the Somalia border after recent Shabaab attacks in which six officers were killed and weapons and communications equipment were stolen. Police in Nairobi arrested over 300 suspected illegal aliens last night, mainly in the Eastleigh neighborhood; the area was targeted, police said, because it is where terrorists usually hide out.
Security forces arrested 21 refugees from the Hagadera camp as they headed towards Somalia to join Shabaab. A confidential security report estimates that over 300 Kenyan Shabaab operatives are currently in Kenya. The chairman of the National Security and Administration Committee blamed the intelligence gathering system for the fact that none of those responsible for the extrajudicial killing of nine Muslim preachers and two Christian pastors have been identified. Morten Storm, an alleged former informant for Danish intelligence and the CIA, claimed that wanted Shabaab terrorist Ikrima, a prime suspect in the Westgate Mall attacks, had known Anwar al Awlaki and handled foreign fighters for Shabaab.
Authorities charged four Somali men, Mohammed Ahmed Abdi, Liban Abdullah, Adan Adan, and Hussein Hassan, for supporting Shabaab's Westgate Mall terror attack. Abdi and Abdullah are accused of aiding Moahmmed Abdinur Said and Hassan Mohammed Dhohullow the day before the attack. Abdi also allegedly harbored another terrorist, Abdikadir Hared Mohammed a.k.a. Mohammed Hussein, at Salman Al Faris Madrassa in Nairobi's Eastleigh district on or before Oct. 7. Four accomplices are said to have died during the mall siege, in which some hostages were reportedly tortured. The prosecution asked for more time for investigation.
The Kenyan Defense Forces confirmed that its aerial strike on a Shabaab training camp in Somalia's Dinsoor region destroyed four technical vehicles and a weapons store; KDF also said over 300 Shabaab recruits are thought to have died in the assault. The Anglican archbishop for Kenya rejected calls from pastors for guns for their protection and for security at church functions.
Police said they are holding five suspects in the Westgate Mall attack, but maintain that only four gunmen carried out the siege; other authorities have said that number is too low. Two soldiers were court-martialed for looting during the siege. Kenyan forces arrested three Tanzanians in Somalia suspected of membership in Shabaab and deported them to Tanzania. Authorities arrested Tanzanian national Sheikh Ramadhan Jumal outside Mombasa's Masjid Musa mosque last week on suspicion of encouraging youth to join Shabaab; two days of rioting followed his arrest. Security has been stepped up at two Nairobi malls after text messages were sent warning of terror attacks.
The interior minister fired 15 immigration officers for endangering national security by issuing ID documents to illegal aliens. He said some refugees from neighboring unstable countries have planned terror attacks from Kenyan refugee camps.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Lenku said the forensic report on the Westgate Mall attack will be out soon. Christian leaders in Mombasa protested after pastors were killed in Mombasa and in Kilifi. The pastor of the Mombasa church, which is situated very close to the controversial Masjid Musa, had received death threats. Rioting over the killing of a Mombasa imam on Oct. 4 by unknown assailants led to the burning of a Salvation Army worship center in Majengo on Oct. 11.
Investigators recovered four AK-47s and a human skull from the Westgate Mall site. Newly released CCTV footage shows attackers using their cell phones during the siege. Police are said to be holding three prime suspects, who are to be arraigned next week; over 60 suspects have been arrested, interrogated, and released. The US donated bomb disposal equipment to the Criminal Investigations Department.