Kenyan-Somali Jihadist Killed With Fazul
Mogadishu---We have received information from well-informed security source in Mogadishu that the suspected Al-Qaida leader in East Africa who was shot dead recently by Somali soldiers at military checkpoint in Mogadishu was preparing to leave Somalia to neighboring Kenya.Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who is allegedly Al Qaeda’s top leader in East Africa and the mastermind of the American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania was dressed in the traditional Somali outfit and was accompanied by Kenyan national named “Musa Hussein –alias Abdullahi Dhere” who’s believed to be an important member of Al-Qaida’s active cells in East Africa.The Kenyan National who was born in “Wajir” city of North Eastern Kenya is also member of Al-Shabaab’s Amniyaat brigade. Amniyaat brigade is the intelligence wing of Al-shabaab, notorious for their dirty information gathering techniques and ruthless assassinations.
According to the security source, Fazul and his Kenyan assistant drove in a black Toyota surf(pictured),which is a four wheel drive vehicle commonly used by senior Al-Shabaab leaders.Fazul and his colleague cautiously approached “EX-Control Afgoye” checkpoint, which is crucial security checkpoint manned by TFG soldiers on the strategic road that links Mogadishu to the neighboring “Lower Shabelle” region.“Apparently there were pre-arrangements between some corrupt TFG soldiers who used to control this particular security checkpoint and Al-Shabaab to allow this particular vehicle to pass unchecked in exchange for considerable sums of money, what Al-Shabaab didn’t knew is that ,TFG has adopted recently major security changes and deployed better trained soldiers at all crucial security checkpoints in and around government controlled areas of Mogadishu, this particular checkpoint got all its security guards changed only few hours prior to the incident” says the security source.“Fazul and his one legged Kenyan assistant who was on driver’s seat very cautiously approached the checkpoint, apparently waiting for the signal, two heavily armed TFG soldiers stepped gingerly from their nearby barracks towards them asking them to step out of the vehicle, the two terrorists quickly realized that the situation is not going according to plan, and had tried to resist, the man on diver’s seat pulled out a pistol and fired couple of shots before being shot by TFG security officers, Fazul had tried to abandon the vehicle and escape when he received stream of bullets in his chest, Fazul and his assistant died on spot”. Added the security source
The well-informed Somali security source went on saying that, initially the Somali security agencies though it was foiled suicide bombing mission, but after carefully examining the vehicle and its two dangerous passengers ,there were clear indications that,the passengers might be of significant role within Al-Shabaab, considering the amount of money and other sophisticated equipment and tools that was confiscated.
Mobile phones, various documents including a south African passport, two laptops, two expensive suits, and 40,000$ in cash were recovered.[We] exhumed his body and took his pictures and DNA," Somali General Abdikarim Yusuf Dhagabadan told the Associated Press
“If everything went according to their plan, Fazul and his Kenyan assistant would’ve been in Kenya by now as it’s the preferred country by organized crime networks, human trafficking rings, drug trafficking syndicates, radical Islamists and international terrorist networks due to the high level of corruption, incompetency and probably high level conspiracy and collaboration from top Kenyan government officials”. Said the security source“We believe that Fazul and his Kenyan assistant were heading for a safe house inside Somali government controlled area of Mogadishu, where he suppose to change his Somali traditional outfit into western style, and then apparently pose as South African security contractor or business man before boarding a private Kenyan registered plane heading to Nairobi”. Said the Somali security source with strong voice.
On 22nd April 2009, a key notorious Somali radical Islamist “Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys”, a frequent feature on the US terror watch-list used a Nairobi-based airline Capital Airlines to fly to Mogadishu from Eritrea under the supervision of Kenyan intelligence officers.
Furthermore, on 2nd August 2008, Fazul him self allegedly narrowly escaped capture in Kenya according to Kenyan newspapers reports.
More Importantly, Fazul’s Assistant who has been killed with him is a Kenyan national born in North Eastern Kenya, who has been arrested numerous times by the American trained Kenyan Anti terrorism force. Musa Hussein also known among Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaida members as “Abdullahi Dhere”.
Mr.Abdullahi Dhere, lost his leg while fighting alongside the Islamic courts union (ICU) in early 2006, he then went back to Kenya where he extensively worked on recruitment and fundraising efforts for Al-Shabaab. He has been arrested numerous times by Kenyan Anti terrorism force and released after consirable amount of money was payed to secure his release by his associates.
Mr.Ali Dheere was until his demise Al-Shabaab’s liaison officer with Sheikh Hassaan – a notorious radical Islamist based in Nairobi who regularly provides fatwas and religious backing for Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia. Sheikh Hassaan radicalized thousands of Kenyan youths from North Eastern Province of Kenya who undergone terrorism training in Somalia and could pose a grave danger not only to the east African region but also globally due to the intensity and sophistication of terrorism training they’ve received by Al-Qaida and Al-Shabaab operatives in Somalia.
What is really worth asking, though ,is what was behind fazul’s intention to travel to Kenya, and who are his high level backers in Kenya?!! And more importantly why the Kenyan government hasn’t done anything to halt the flow of foreign jihadists into Somalia?
Al-Shabaab to Avenge Fazul’s Death
Army Commanders, TFG Leaders, Journalists All Targets
A radical Somali journalist who writes for the al-Shabaab controlled website Somalimemo.net has indicated there are plans to launch a revenge attack against Transitional Federal Government commanders for the death of Fazul Abdullah Mohamed.
Al-Qaeda terrorist Fazul, wanted by the United States for masterminding deadly blasts on embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, and his cohort, Kenyan-Somalia Musa Hussein, were killed last week in Somalia when they stumbled into a government roadblock. The journalist said the soldiers stationed at the roadblock where Fazul was killed would be targeted with roadside and suicide attacks, but did not specify the commanders who would be targeted.
Analysts see the death of Fazul as a serious blow to the capabilities of both al-Qaeda and the linked militant Islamist group al-Shabaab. Fazul, who used forged passports to travel in and out of Somali, most recently to South Africa, trained junior al-Shabaab fighters on how to make and set up roadside bombs, while also helping to plan missions. He was believed to have advised on the al-Shabaab bomb attacks in Kampala that killed almost 80 people last year.
After a bomb claimed the life of the minister of interior and national security on Friday, the insurgents are aiming to kill at least two more senior leaders before the middle of August. The plans were hatched in a meeting that took place in Afgoye district of the Middle Shabelle region, immediately after last week’s signing of the Kampala Accord – which delays elections for a year and calls on Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to resign.
Al-Shabaab military spokesman, Sheikh Abu Musab, on Tuesday warned senior leaders they would be targets for assassination in an audio recording released to the press.
“Will we kill them one by one as, we have targeted, Omar Hashi Adan and Abdi Shakur Sheikh Hassan Farah,” he said.
Abdi Shakur was the minister for the interior assassinated last week. Hashi, who held the same post, was killed last year in another bomb blast.
Journalists a target
A source within Al-shabaab’s press team in Mogadishu said the insurgents were also worried about the coverage of the national Somali TV, which was launched just two months ago. The source said the field reporters will be targeted as they work for the TFG.
The TV channel has been broadcasting footage and documentaries on military successes and covering government events. Government-controlled media also angered al-Shabaab by distributing pictures of Fazul’s dead body. The insurgents believe government-controlled media has popularized the cabinet led by Farmajo.