Anti-terror police agencies now focus on new suicide bomber threat
SEE ALSO :Police summon Steve MbogoHis gang was led by Ismael Mohamed Shosi alias Ismael Mmanga, a former resident of Bondeni, Mombasa County. Shosi was killed by security agencies in September 27, 2016 at his hideout in Mwandoni. He had resisted arrest and engaged police in an exchange of fire. Riziki fled to hide in Tanzania in November 2014 after security agencies posted his photo on Mombasa billboards, terming him wanted. It is in Tanzania that most Kenyan recruits were being lured with fake promises of scholarships, only to be rerouted to Somalia for military training. In early 2015, Riziki had told his family that he had relocated to Somalia, where he was undergoing training by Al-Shabaab. According to police, in November and December last year, while undertaking his final training in Somalia, Riziki would regularly contact his wife Suhaila Mwalim Bakari. He would want to find out how she was doing. Ms Suhaila never reported her husband to the police, and that is why she was arrested. When his trainers were sure he was ready for mission, he was sent back to Kenya. Constantly communicating On January 13, Riziki sneaked into Kenya through Elwak in Mandera County, then to Takaba, and boarded a Nairobi-bound Moyale Raha bus in Marsabit. When he arrived, he immediately proceeded to Muchatha, Kiambu, to link with the attack leader, Ali Salim Gichunge alias Faruk. Riziki was to get instructions on his role in the planned attack from Gichunge. It is believed he had met Gichunge in Somalia, where they both trained. On the day of the attack, Riziki reportedly arrived at the attack scene earlier, but was constantly communicating with Gichunge, taking instructions and updating him on what he was up to. “The attack strategy was for him to detonate his suicide vest and kill people at the Secret Garden restaurant while signalling the incoming attackers. Then, as people scampered for safety towards the main entrance of the 14 Riverside Drive, the other four attackers were supposed to embark on a killing spree targeting the fleeing crowd," says a security source. A miscommunication "Thankfully, there was a miscommunication between the suicide bomber and the foot attackers, which gave some room for a good number of people to escape,” an officer told The Standard. A CCTV footage being scrutinised by security agencies captures the moment Riziki blew himself up. He stands next to Secret Garden Restaurant within the complex for about two minutes, inspecting his intended targets and updating Gachunge. Two people, one of them a cook at the restaurant, are seen walking past Riziki, escaping death by a whisker. Riziki then says his final prayers and at exactly 3:28pm blows himself up.