Commander of Mogadishu terror attack that killed six last week was a Kenyan from Nyeri

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rescuers evacuate an injured person from a previous terror attack in mogadishu, somalia. Photo| courtesy of VOA

The prime architect of last week’s terror attack in Mogadishu that was targeting Benadir Governor Yusuf Hussein Jimale was a Kenyan.

In a pre-recorded audio released online, Al-Shabaab which has claimed responsibility for the attack that killed six people has announced that Zubeyr Al-Muhaajir coordinated the raid which was targeting the governor.

According to the terror outfit, Al Muhaajir was born in Majengo, a slum in Nyeri that made headlines in 2019 after the Dusit D2 complex attack that left 21 people dead. This is after it emerged that the commander of the Dusit attack, Ali Salim Gichunge hailed from the slum that sits in the middle of Nyeri town.


It is not known when Jimale, the commander of last week’s attack in Mogadishu crossed over to Somalia. This is however the first time a Kenyan has been identified as the leader of a large-scale attack inside Somalia territory signifying the growing involvement of Kenyans in terror activities in foreign territories.

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Three weeks ago another Kenyan was arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo for leading a terror attack on a Church in Kasindi near the DRC-Uganda border, in which at least 39 people were injured.

Congolese authorities did not release his name, but Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) on Monday identified him as 29-year-old Abdirizak Muktar Garad, who hails from Wajir County, northern Kenya.

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