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Police on high alert over planned terror attack

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[Most wanted terrorist Rashid Mwalimu. Photo/ATPU].

Kenyan security agencies have appealed to the public to volunteer critical information that may lead to the arrest of Rashid Mwalimu who is wanted by the Anti-terrorism police.

According to the ATPU, Mwalimu who is currently in Somalia is armed and dangerous; he is a trained pilot who is on a mission to carry an aviation attack on behalf of the terror group Al-Shabaab.

Security agencies handling the matter believe he will be attempting to sneak back into the country.

Probe into his alleged involvement with the terror group uncovered that he trained as a pilot in the Philippines alongside an accomplice Cholo Abdi Abdulla who is currently in lawful custody.

Security sources say that Cholo and Mwalimu were close friends and joined Al-Shabaab in 2015.

The duo trained and conducted attacks in Somalia before being sent to the Boni forest where they were selected for an aviation course based on their impressive academic credentials.

DusitD2 attack

They are also said to have been close friends with the leader of the DusitD2 attack- Salim Gichunge (Faruq) and Osman Gedi (a Dusit attacker).

While Gichunge and Gedi were hand-picked for the Kenyan attack, the other pair was picked to train as pilots to subsequently be deployed to hijack aeroplanes.

Cholo was arrested in July 2019 in the Philippines where he had been studying aviation at the All-Ais aviation academy.

US intelligence believe Cholo who is facing six (6) counts of terrorism- related offences arising from his activities as an Al Shabaab member, had been planning to hijack a plane and carry out a 9/11 style attack in the US.

Further, reports indicate that Cholo led security agencies to his hideout partly due to his own recklessness.

A known womanizer, Cholo accidentally let the cat out of the bag, telling his harem of his pursuits and future plans and inadvertently inviting police officers to his hideout.

Upon his arrest, his colleague Mwalimu escaped back to Somalia and according to Kenyan security agencies ‘cunningly lied about what foiled their plan’.