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Nairobi's chief criminal investigator said so far none of the key suspects in the Westgate Mall attack have been apprehended. Detectives are also looking for at least eight suspects thought to have been indirectly involved in the attack; four were seen on CCTV footage from the mall. Security forces monitored two elite high schools outside Nairobi after a threat was made to target the schools during prayer time. The families of two Westgate Mall terror suspects blamed extremist clerics for their sons' decision to join Shabaab. Leaked intelligence reportedly said "thousands" of Kenyan youth from Mombasa have joined the terror group. A youth was killed and his siblings injured when a grenade they were playing with exploded in Mandera.
A Kenyan intelligence report describing a journal kept by wanted UK terrorist Samantha Lewthwaite states that the al Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab terror network extends to a large number of countries, including Somalia, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Tanzania, Mali, South Africa, Yemen, and Pakistan. Lewthwaite, who is said to be a "logistician" for Shabaab, remains at large. She is thought to be married to Fahmi Jamal Salim, another key operative in the group. Intelligence officials are said to be concerned that al Qaeda affiliates have gained access to Libyan chemical weapons, and that Shabaab may be planning chemical weapons attacks in Kenya.
Police are looking for a Somali resident now living in Norway who is suspected of planning the Westgate Mall attack; some of the planning is said to have taken place at Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp. Swaleh Abdalla Said appeared in court after being accused of involvement in planning the Westgate attack. A witness said Swaleh was recruited by Shabaab in 2004. Other suspects have also been arrested recently, including Shabaab member Said Nassir Haidar. So far none of the bodies of the attackers have been found in the rubble of the mall.
Police released photos of two suspects in the Westgate Mall attack, Abdikadir Haret Mohamed a.k.a. Mohamed Hussein, a Kenyan; and Adan Dheq a.k.a. Hussein Abdi Ali a.k.a. Abdulahi Dugon Subow, a Somali national. Rewards of Sh500,000 each were offered for information leading to the capture of the two men, who owned a car used by the attackers. Police also arrested a former wife of Abdikadir. Authorities are said to be planning to name other suspects also, including a woman. Kenyan intelligence has warned of a persistent al Qaeda threat.
The Kenyan military named four dead Westgate Mall attackers, including their al Qaeda-trained leader, Abu Baara al-Sudani. The three others are Omar Nabhan, a Kenyan Arab who had lived in Somalia; Khattab al-Kene, a Shabaab-linked Somali said to be "an associate of Ramzy from Mogadishu"; and a man identified only as Umayr. Kenyan authorities are said to be holding nine suspects and have said that five attackers were killed. Others may still be at large. Police searching for Shabaab militants raided a Somali-run hotel in Kitui town, but arrested no one. Police are said to be looking for a cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Shariff, a.k.a. Makaburi, suspected of supporting terrorism.
After a popular hardline Islamist cleric was shot and killed along with three companions in Mombasa last night, rioting Muslims clashed with police, burned a church, and blocked a main road into the city. Militant Islamist Sheikh Abubakar Shariff a.k.a. Makaburi, who is already facing terrorism charges, appeared quickly at the scene and denounced the killing as a government assassination, and claimed Muslims are now justified to disobey Kenyan laws. Two weeks after the Westgate Mall massacre, only three bodies have been recovered from the rubble, despite claims of more missing. Intelligence officials think at least two of the terrorists escaped during the siege.
Abu Sandheere, a Kenyan al Qaeda operative, is suspected to have planned the Westgate Mall assault, and is thought to have escaped into Somalia. A 20-member Shabaab assassination squad led by Salaad Hassan and Khadar Abdi Abubakar is thought to be at large in Kenya. The number of people missing from the siege has dropped from 61 to 39. The bodies of five terrorists are thought to be under the rubble of the collapsed mall, and no terrorists' bodies have been recovered. The interior minister admitted that some of the terrorists may have escaped. Investigators are looking for cars the terrorists reportedly used.