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ATPU seeks extradition of Kenyan terror suspect nabbed in DRC

[Terror suspect Salim Rashid Mohammed who was nabbed in DRC by security officials on Saturday. Photo/DRC/ POLICE].

The Anti-terror Police Unit (ATPU) is seeking extradition of a Kenyan terror suspect who was nabbed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Saturday.

The Anti-terror agency says the young man Salim Rashid Mohammed should be returned to Kenya and face terror related charges.

Salim who scored an A- (A Minus) in his 2014 KCSE examination was assisted by his family to travel to Turkey where he pursued Computer Engineering course.

However, Turkey security authorities suspected that the young man had been radicalised and had developed link with ISIS posing major security threats in the country.

He was deported, in a move that his kin said his rights to education were violated.

Mohammed was once captured in a video beheading a security officer in Congo being a member of the ADF that has been operating in the Congo forest for years now.

Back in Kenya, Mohammed was first charged in Mombasa court in 2017 and he was acquitted of any terror related charges.

In 2019 however, he was back at the Mombasa court facing other charges of being a member of terror network Al-Shabab.

He was however, released on a 1.5 million shillings bond.

He evaded court sessions and in 2020, the family reported him as a missing person.

The government security authorities launched a hot pursuit of Mohammed whom they believed had joined terror networks beyond Kenyan borders.

In 2021, the government placed a 10 million shillings bounty on Mohammed’s head to hasten the search.

In an earlier video circulated, Mohammed is seen as the chief beheader where he is beheading a Congolese security officers in a gruesome, inhuman and heartless manner.

He is mentioning ‘Allah’ (God) several times as another minor in the almost 2 and a half minute video is handed a panga and slashes the officer until he is dead and is left in a pool of blood.

In a fearless manner, Mohammed says together with other two colleagues, they were heading to South Africa in search for employment.

“However on reaching DRC we were attacked on our way and our belongings and Kenyan National Identity Cards confiscated. We were forced to join the ADF,” here revealed in the about 2 minute video where he is being interrogated by DRC security officials.

The ATPU is demanding that Mohammed be handed to Kenyan security authorities so that he faces fresh terror related charges

Meanwhile, back at his home turf in Old town, Mombasa, his peers are calling on Human rights Lobby, Haki Africa, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir and Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki to fight for Mohammed’s release.

Through the Old Town Community group, they want Mohammed be released and handed back to his family.