Face­book page linked to Coast sta­tion at­tack

Three women were shot dead by po­lice dur­ing a foiled at­tack at the Central po­lice

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General - ELKANA JA­COB @elka­na_­ja­cob

In­ves­ti­ga­tors into the re­cent at­tack at the Central po­lice sta­tion in Mom­basa have iden­ti­fied a Face­book page that could have rad­i­calised the three women sus­pects.

Tas­nim Yakub, Maimuna Ab­di­rah­man and Ramla Ab­di­rah­man were killed dur­ing the foiled at­tack on Septem­ber 11. Po­lice be­lieve the Face­book page - Sis­ters of Jannah – rad­i­calised the three and some of the other 3,000, who have liked the page.

Po­lice say rad­i­cal posts from the page, which are al­ways pulled down af­ter some time, have lured many un­sus­pect­ing young girls in sec­ondary schools and col­leges.

Lead­ing agents on the Central Po­lice Sta­tion at­tack case, be­lieve that Bri­tish fugi­tive Samantha Lewth­waite, alias the White Wi­dow, might be the mas­ter­mind be­hind the posts.

In­sid­ers in the op­er­a­tion, who could not be quoted due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the mat­ter or be­cause they are not of- fi­cial spokes­men, sus­pect Tas­nim con­vinced the other two girls to like the page in a wider rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion scheme.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers on the case told the Star Tas­nim, Hus­sein and Maimuna raised funds and vis­ited Aboud Rogo’s wi­dow, Ghaniya Said Sagar, at her res­i­dent in Kana­mai, Kil­ifi county, early this year.

A sec­ond source privy to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions told the Star that Tas­nim in­tro­duced the other two to Sagar and promised al­le­giance to her. “Even if the state has for­got­ten about the White Wi­dow, she might be hav­ing a hand in this. Some of the let­ters, which the three wrote on March 22, are some­how cor­re­spond­ing with what the White Wi­dow wrote and was re­cov­ered at a hide­out in Nyali 2011,” an of­fi­cer said.

The Star has learnt that the au­then­tic­ity of the let­ter be­lieved to have been writ­ten by Tas­nim on be­half of the two could not be eas­ily ver­i­fied, be­cause the sus­pect is dead. The March 22 let­ter reads, “We shall fight you and all the other dis­be­liev­ers un­til, Bi idhn’llah, the whole World is ruled by the Shariah of our Rabb.”

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Po­lice of­fi­cers stop a mo­torist near the Central po­lice sta­tion, Mom­basa, af­ter the ter­ror at­tack on Septem­ber 11

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