The Star (Nairobi)

24 January 2014

Kenya: Nyahururu Police Quiz Man With Al Qaeda Links

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Police respond to the shooting at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya (file photo).

POLICE in Nyahururu are interrogating a man who claims he has vital information about the operations of al Qaeda and al Shabaab. Peter Kiambati is from Mwenje-Ndindika village in Kinamba, Laikipia county. He took the name Abdullah Mohamed after he converted to Islam when he went to Mogadishu in 2006.

Abdullah yesterday said his wife Aisha Mohamed of Somali-Canadian origin and her son live in captivity in Georgia following his denouncing al Qaeda. He wants the government to secure her release. "This is my second wife. The first one was killed by the same group amid internal controversies," Abdullah said.

He said he had information about the planned Westgate attack, which he shared with a local daily (not the Star) prior to the attack but the story was never published.

"I had information from Martin Synod (an al Qaeda operative) that Westgate Shopping Mall, where President Uhuru's relatives go for shopping, would be attacked with an intention of killing them," Abdullah said. He said he has been forced to buy a piece of land for al Qaeda in Magadi area, Laikipia.

Abdullah said the land will be a spy operation centre for the group in the country. "Al Qaeda says Ethiopia is a country of hardcores and its entry point for now can only be through the electricity power line. The line will be extended to Kenya and will have a substation in Rumuruti Laikipia. In fact the three-acre piece of land lies on the electricity leeway," he said.

Abdullah said the purchase of the land is part of ransom demanded for the release of his wife. He said all has not been well after al Qaeda operatives came to Laikipia and took away his communication gadget.

Abdullah said at some point, a building collapsed in Nairobi and police were quick to rush in claiming that it was an accident. He said the building was brought down by a bomb.

Abdullah said he went to Somalia through Mandera where he had gone for business but then a friend told him he could find a job in Mogadishu as an English teacher.

"I was then forced to engage in the business of minting Somali currencies for the al Qaeda terror group. I have since then travelled to more than 33 countries around the world on various al Qaeda missions. The countries include Yemen, Georgia, Iraq, Syria, Australia, North and South Korea, Afghanistan and Somalia itself," he said.

Abdullah said he has bank statements, candy trunks and many other documents that can verify his claims and identify the prime movers in the al Qaeda world.

He was at the Nyahururu CID offices for a long time and the police have not made a concrete decision as to whether he will be charged in court or how his case will be handled. However, there are hints that he will be handed over to the Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi

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