Coast anti-terrorism police question wife of Said Abdalla Hemed

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Kenya’s anti-terrorism police officers on Tuesday night raided home of one of terror suspect killed in an earlier raid at military base in coastal county of Lamu, and arrested his wife.

The counter terrorism police officers impounded three vehicles from the compound of Said Abdalla Hemed alias Said Hamza, and confiscated documents for further investigation in terrorism network.

Hemed was among the 15 ‘al-Shabaab’ militants killed in a raid on a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) military base in Lamu on June 14.

Mombasa County Police Commander Robert Kitur said Hemed’s wife was picked up for questioning over alleged recruitment and funding of ‘al-Shabaab’ activities in the coastal region and latest invasion of military camp in Lamu.

“We are inspecting the vehicles to establish if they might have been used in past gun and grenade attacks in Mombasa and Lamu County.

“We suspected they were used to ferry ‘al-Shabaab’ fighters to Somalia,” Kitur told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Hemed is believed to be operating with ‘al-Shabaab’ regional commander Luqman Isa Osma to launch last year Mpeketoni attacks in Lamu, which saw over 60 people dead.

According to detectives, Hemed has been on their radar for engaging in terror activities mainly in supplying food stuff and medical supplies to ‘al-Shabaab’ fighters in Somalia.

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