By CYRUS OMBATI
A former Al Shabaab militant has confessed how he joined and fought alongside the Somali insurgents.
Abdullah Adbul Majid aka Abul, a Kenyan aged 18 and who arrived from Somalia in January, is in police custody after he was arrested last week in connection with the Machakos Country Bus blasts that killed nine people.
An interrogation report seen by The Standard details his confessions from how he joined the terror group and his military training in Somalia.
He was arrested in Eastleigh last Thursday together with three people following a tip-off that they were involved in the blasts.
Abdul said he travelled to Somalia in January, last year, from Mombasa through Garissa, Dadajabula and Dobley towns.
"He secured his bus fare to Somalia by secretly selling his motherâs mobile phone at Sh5,000. He packed a few clothes in a paper bag to begin the journey to Somalia," says part of the report.
Abdul is a Standard Seven dropout from Ahzab Academy and his parents stay in Majengo, Mombasa.
He has told police he was motivated to join the militants by teachings in a Mombasa mosque by two Sheikhs including deceased Samir Mohamed Khan who was found dead in Tsavo National Park.
The preachers, according to the report, told their followers the war in Somalia is a real Jihad after Uganda and Burundi soldiers joined the Transitional Federal Government soldiers in fighting the Al Shabaab militants.
The report says some sailors at the Mombasa old port advised Abdul how he could travel to Somalia. While in Somalia, he was inducted in using grenades, pistols and rifles at Abadajira, which is a former prisons camp.
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