Son of Kenyan military officer identified as Nairobi terror attack suspect

Clay Curtis
January 20, 2019

It was learnt that the Canadian citizen Guleid Abdihakim is being probed over suspicious communication, Gladys Kaari Justus is being investigated over the transfer of money and two taxi drivers were accused of ferrying the attackers around before the attack: Joel Ng'ang'a Wainaina and Oliver Kanyango Muthee.

Farmajo said he spoke on phone with his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta whose country was attacked by al-Shabab on Tuesday resulting in the death of 21 people and several injuries, and expressed solidarity with Kenya in this hard time.

All five attackers died.

"The investigations into this matter are complex and transnational and would therefore require sufficient time and resources to uncover the entire criminal syndicate", a statement from Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said. He said he has appointed a team of prosecutors to help ensure that the investigations are "meticulous and fast-tracked".

One of a recent wave of Islamist militant attacks that have rocked sub-Saharan Africa from Nigeria and Mali in the west to Somalia in the east, Tuesday's assault shows al-Shabaab is still a major threat to Kenya and the region, said Omar S. Mahmood, a senior researcher at the Pretoria, South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies. The son, Ali Salim Gichunge, as well as Violet Kemunto Omwoyo, were named as attackers in court documents. The police official spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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It also refocused attention on the Somalia-based, al-Qaeda-linked group that's thought to have been behind more than 150 attacks in Kenya since 2011 and killed 147 at a northeastern university in 2015 but had recently seemed in retreat even as it plagued Somalis at home.

Chairman of the Kenya Tourism Federation Mohammed Hersi said that the situation in Nairobi was calm and security remained stable with smooth transport and normal schedules including the worldwide airports in both Nairobi and the coastal city of Mombasa.

Undoubtedly, Kenya's security forces have emerged as the heroes in the wake of the terrorist attack on the upmarket Dusit Luxury Hotel and Business Complex on 14 Riverside Drive Westlands, Nairobi on January 15, 2018.

The suspects are accused of "possible involvement in the nearly 20-hour siege of the DusitD2 hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were all killed by security forces, a court document said". Ogelo, who later concluded Riziki had been talking to his accomplices, said the man was also moving his hand over his chest.

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