The terrorist who participated in the killing of at least 14 people at DusitD2 complex in Riverside Drive, Nairobi, lived an ordinary life in Kiambu and loved listening to blaring Kenyan urban pop music from his Toyota Ractis which had a muffled exhaust system that gave its engine a loud roar.
Ali Salim Gichunge alias Idris or Farouk did not cut the image of a militant. He was homegrown, ordinary and loved a fine life.
Guango is a
The killer was always in blue jeans and a denim cap that covered his
Had never commented
He lived in house number E9 with a woman we identified as Violet Kemunto Omwoyo who was arrested by Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) officers on Tuesday night, as an operation to
The couple was secretive and rarely interacted with
Rent at the estate is between Sh30, 000 to Sh40, 000 per month for a four bed-roomed house. The two had however not paid rent for the past two months. The landlady reportedly told security guards not to allow them to remove their household goods until all arrears had been paid.
On Monday morning, just a day before the attack, Violet - through a pseudo name on Facebook known as Junior Red - put up a post selling their household property.
“We are moving out of Nairobi this week so it is
Interestingly, Salim was outspoken and had made some friends in the estate while Violet was reserved. She wore a hijab which concealed her identity. The only clue we have from people who had interacted with her is that she is light skinned.
Her profile picture on Whatsapp is that of a woman’s face covered by a black hijab and a red and black bloodied bandana.
Nevertheless, the one thing that the couple loved was beef. No single day passed without Salim buying either a kilo or half a kilo of meat at ACCT butchery, located at the entrance of Guango estate from Banana Road.
“We only interacted with him as a customer. He was always with a light skinned girl,” Chege Kariuki, a butcher at ACCT told The Standard yesterday
“The turbo exhaust of that car was loud enough that you could hear it from a distance,” he recalled.
Anthony Njenga, who sells second-hand clothes next to the butchery, had bumped into the killer on several occasions.
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