Terror Suspect Ismael Shosi Killed After Shootout With Police In Mombasa

Police on Tuesday killed wanted terror suspect Ismael Shosi Mohammed in Kisauni, Mombasa County.

The suspect, who had a KSh 2 million bounty on his head, was killed while exchanging fire with officers of the Anti Terrorism Police Unit.

Shosi was a member of a hit squad that targeted police officers over the past two years and was accused of killing National Intelligence Service officer Hashim Salman last year.

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The hit squad used religious attire and buibuis to disguise themselves and hide their weapons.

Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia said the suspect was killed at around 11.30am when police raided the house in which he rented just two days ago in Mwandoni.

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The residence in Mwandoni belonged to one Fatuma Masuo, the widow of the late Kassim Omollo, who was an Al-Qaeda operative killed in a shootout with police in 2013.

The Police say they recovered a Police G-3 rifle, 188 rounds of ammunition for both 9mm Pistol and G-3 rifle, two mobile phones and identification cards belonging to multiple individuals.

Terror Suspect Ismael Shosi

Also recovered at the scene was a training manual on how to defeat intelligence which has enabled the suspect evade authorities over the past few years.

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Shosi is linked to the Jeysh Ayman wing of Al-Shabaab that was responsible for the Mpeketoni attacks of 2014. He specialized in assassinations and was among the suspects responsible for the murder of Sheikh Mohamed Idriss who preached against radicalization in the coast region.

The suspect alongside his late brother Ikrima Mohamed Shosi were also the main suspects in the killing of a CID Officer Mohamed Ibrahim.

Kenya continues to battle terrorism especially in the coastal region where there is strong al-Shabaab presence.