Terror Suspect Received Ksh100 Million Months to Riverside Attack

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  • It has emerged that one of the terror suspects in police custody received more than Ksh100 million months to Dusit D2 ambush.

    The details were revealed in court on Wednesday as six suspects were arraigned in connection to the January 15 attack.

    The six; Hassan Abdi Nur, Ismael Sadiq Abitham, Ali Khamisi Ali, Abdinoor Maalim Osmail, Abdullahi Mohamed Hassan and Sophia Njoki Mbogo, were accused of financing the attack that left 21 dead.

    Millions Received by Terror Suspects Months Before Riverside Attack

    Inspector Monica Githaiga of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit told the court that Abdinoor Maalim Osmail is a graduate of Kenya School of Law currently undergoing pupillage.

    According to court documents, he has a number of sim cards registered under his name through which he has allegedly received over Ksh100 million.

    "That information so far received show that the fourth respondent has registered several mobile phone numbers that were used to receive money for terrorism purposes and that within the last few months, he has received over Ksh100 million which is suspected to be for the purposes of terrorism," she stated.

    Hassan Abdi Nur allegedly operated 52 M-Pesa shops; 47 of which were said to have been registered between October and December 2018.

    He reportedly received huge amounts of money from various sources including South Africa and sent some to Somalia.

    Njoki, a manager at Diamond Trust Bank, was arrested for allowing Abdi transact huge chunks of money without filing the required documents.

    Ismael Sadiq Abitham was a social media representative at Horizon TV station and was reported to be in constant communication with Ali Salim Gichunge and his wife Violet Kemunto.

    Five suspects were arrested due to possible involvement in aiding and abetting the attack.

    The defence is expected to table its response affidavit today by 12pm.

    Dusit D2 terrorists Ali Salim Gichunge