Kenya security agents have released photographs of 38 suspected al Shabaab fighters on the run following last Sunday’s attack on Buare military base in Lamu.
It is believed the 38 are remnants of the militants that attacked the KDF camp during which 15 of their accomplices and three Kenya Defence Force soldiers were killed.
On the list is a German, Ahmed Mueller, alias Ahmed Khaled, alias Abu Musiabha.
He is described as a key figure in al Shabaab and reported to be the mastermind of last year’s Mpeketoni attack in which more than 90 people were killed.
Mueller was born on February 15, 1972 in Cochem, Germany.
“He is one of the few Western foreign fighters in al Shabaab who survived Ahmed Godane’s purge. There are indications that he could have been involved in the Mpeketoni attack of June 2014,” the Interior ministry said in a statement yesterday.
“He is currently on the run, probably injured after the attempted attack of Baure military camp in Lamu.”
Also on the list is Kenyan Ramadhan Kioko, alias Abu Nuseiba, alias Pinji, a former notorious pickpocket in Nairobi.
Kioko is reported to have sneaked his 10-year-old son and wife Hawa into Somalia in 2012 to join him.
The boy, now aged 13, is still in Somalia.
“Ramadhan Kioko is from Majengo, Nairobi, and is a close associate of Ahmed Iman. Kioko is married to Hawa who is also in Somalia, making them a complete family of al Shabaab militants, a unique and rare situation in terrorism circles,” the ministry says.
Most of the listed suspects are believed to be battle-hardened, having frequently fought on the frontline with al Shabaab militias.
One of those killed in the Buare attack was British born Thomas Evans, alias Musa.