GERMAN SUSPECT AHMED MUELLER PROBABLY IN SOMALIA
German terror suspect Ahmed Khaled Mueller, who used the name Andreas Martin Mueller’ before he converted to Islam in 1999, whose picture was circulated by police on Saturday 05/12/2012, over links with the al-Shabab could have crossed into Somalia.
Ahmed Khaled Mueller is believed to have entered Kenya disguised to plan terror attacks in the country. He uses many aliases including Andreas Martin Muller and Abu Nusaibah among others. “We have no idea of where he is at this time. He might as well crossed into Somalia, but security officers are on high alert to try and get him,” said a police source. Police had asked Ahmed Khaled Mueller to report to the nearest police station to be handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit for questioning on his terror links.
The statement, which was signed by Kenyan police spokesman Eric Kiraithe for the Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere, on Saturday did not however disclose Mueller’s date and port of entry into the country.
Police had appealed to any member of the public with information on the whereabouts of Ahmed Khaled Mueller to report to the nearest police officer, security officer or police station. “The Kenya police has cause to be believe that this man has information on activities of al Shabaab, ” read the statement. The release of Mueller’s photograph comes at a time when Kenya is fighting to contain the threat posed by terror groups including Al-Shabab. Several foreigners have in recent past been arrested while on their way to Somalia to join the al-Shabab fighters.
Among the foreigners arrested in Kenya include British national James Grant, who is still facing terror related charges in Mombasa (see – Mombasa 01/2012 Plot ), and German national Sascha Alessandro Boettcher, who was held in Mombasa in 2010 before being deported.
Head of German police was recently in the country and signed a pact with Kenya for a joint working relationship on the war against terrorism and drug trafficking.
The Kenyan police managed to arrest. on Monday 05/14/2012, Ahmed Khaled Mueller’s accomplice, a citizen of Sweden, Majid Najjar in Eastleigh after they learnt he was here illegally and was eager to join or had joined the militant group. Majid Najjar has been charged with being illegally in the country and we intend to ask the courts to fine him before he is deported,” said police spokesman Eric Kiraithe (see also – Mohamed-Ibrahim Ahmed ).
The suspect’s traveling documents showed he entered Kenya on 02/23/2011 after he was granted a visa that was to run from 01/31/2011 to 04/30/ 2011. And after his visa expired he reportedly never laboured to renew it as per the law. He was scheduled to appear in Nairobi court on Monday.
The latest development comes a week after the police chief released the photograph of Amar whom the police said was behind the recent grenade attacks in Nairobi which left at least two people dead and more than 15 others injured.
The police said Amar’s picture was taken in a beach in Kismayu, Somalia, a few months ago before he returned to Kenya to carry out grenade attack on God’s House of Miracles International Church in Nairobi on 04/29/2012, which al-Shabab has since claimed responsibility.
Police statistics show an increase of the number of foreigners flocking to Kenya seeking to join the Al Shabaab terror group. “They come from all countries. We have arrested people from Europe, US and even Asia who want to join this terrorists,” said Kiraithe and asked Kenyans to always be wary of their neighbours.