IT has now emerged that the body of a Muslim cleric of Arab descent found dumped in a Tsavo Forest in Taita over two days ago, is Samir Khan's, a former ally of controversial Muslim preacher, Aboud Rogo Mohammed, both of whom have been linked to terror activities in the country. Khan's, 39, body found along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, was identified by his relatives.
The victim's body had some private parts missing, while a second victim, linked to the recent Machakos country bus blast, Mohammed Kasim, was found in a Kilifi mortuary.
His relatives said he was hijacked at Likoni area in a matatu, before being bundled into another vehicle on Tuesday. "We tried to contact him from around 10am when they took him, until 3pm. His phone went unanswered, and later, he could not be reached," one of the family members said.
Khan, who was facing several terror related cases in Mombasa, was suspected to be one of the peopl who recruit youth to join al-Shabaab. Voi DCIO Jane Mkurya said the Rogo might have killed elsewhere and his body dumped on the highway.
Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli, said his family had not reported he was missing despite claiming he had gone missing over three days ago. "Right now, a postmortem is being conducted at the Wesu District Hospital and family members are there. After the issuance of a report on his death, we shall give information on the matter," Adoli said. He said police have launched investigations. Some of his relatives had said Rogo's supporters had accused him of being a police informer.
Khan whose officials names on the charge sheet are Samir Hashim Ishmael Khan, was first charged in a Mombasa court on May 24, 2010, with five charges of being in possession of firearms without a firearm certificate, together with Rahim Khan.
The prosecution claimed they were found on May 22 last year at Maganyakulo village, in Kwale, where they were also found in possession of other people's national identity cards. The last time the case was brought before Principal Magistrate Joyce Gandani, on April 3, and was adjourned to July 12.
The prosecution had closed their case after six witnesses from the anti terror unit, testified. Several months ago, youth in Mombasa held demonstrations and named three Islamic preachers including Abood Rogo, Zaki Mohammed, Samir Khan, as people they wanted arrested by the police for recruiting youth into the al-Shabaab. His family yesterday objected to the postmortem, saying it is against their religious beliefs.
They also barred journalists from taking pictures at the hospital. "We do not want journalists here and if you love life please disappear," an enraged family member said. They later took his body in a convoy of three vehicles and left for his home in Kwale for the burial.
According to a Wesu District Hospital medical officer who did a physical examination of the deceased, Dr Mwaleso Kishindo, the cause of death his remains unclear. Dr Kishindo said when the body was taken to the hospital it was swollen and they could not see the physical injuries according to an earlier police report.