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[VIDEO] Al-Qaeda ‘operative’ surrenders to Kenyan police

Mr Peter Wang’ondu Kiambati alias Abdullah Mohammed when he spoke to the Nation in Nyahururu

Mr Peter Wang’ondu Kiambati alias Abdullah Mohammed when he spoke to the Nation in Nyahururu

Police are trying to establish the truth about a man who claims to have information on terror activities in the country.

The man, aged about 30, said he travelled to Somalia seven years ago where he converted to Islam.

Mr Abdullah Mohammed, formerly Peter Wang’ondu Kiambati, said he has vital information on the operations of Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab in the country.

The man from Mwenje-Ndindika Village in Ng’arua, Laikipia County, said he was given his Islamic name when he went to Mogadishu in 2006.

He said his Somali-Canadian wife, Aisha Mohammed, and their son live in captivity in Georgia following her capture when he denounced Al-Shabaab.

Mr Wang’ondu now wants the government to secure their release.

“This is my second wife. The first was killed by the same group amid internal controversies,” he said.

Mr Wang’ondu further claims that he had information on the Westgate attack, which he shared with a local newspaper prior, but which was never published.

“I had information from Martin Synod (an Al-Qaeda operative) that Westgate shopping mall, where the President’s relatives go for shopping, would be attacked with an intention of killing them,” he said.

The man also said land was bought in Laikipia for Al-Qaeda to set up a spying base.

He alleged that the land is strategically located on the Ethiopia-Kenya power line and could be targeting the project.

Mr Wang’ondu said he went to Somalia from Mandera — where he had gone for business — when a friend advised him that he would find a well-paying job teaching English in Mogadishu.

“Since then, I have travelled to over 30 countries around the world on various missions of Al-Qaeda,” he said, adding that he had been to Yemen, Georgia, Iraq, Syria, Australia, North and South Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia itself.

BANK STATEMENTS

He added that he had bank statements and many other documents that could verify his claims.

Mr Wang’ondu spent long hours at the Nyahururu CID offices Thursday and police had not decided on how to handle his case.

There was a likelihood that he would be handed over to Anti-Terrorism Police Unit officers in Nairobi.

Nyahururu police are not taking chances since another youth from the same area was charged in court last year on suspicion that he could be a member of Al-Shabaab.

Samuel Wainaina Wanjiru, 20, was arrested by wananchi, suspicious of his character, after he was found with army uniform when police raided his home in Matwiku.

He denied the terror charges when he appeared before the Nyahururu principal magistrate, Mr Denis Mikoyan.

 -Nation

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