When Westagate Mall was attacked, many questions were left in Kenyans mind. Just who were the said Alshabaab the attackers? Were they all killed? How many were they? And how many escaped?
These are questions that even the Cabinet Secretary for Security Joseph Ole Lenku could not answer then. Well, they say time will tell and surely, things are now unfolding bit by bit.
Last night, Kenya came closest to unravelling the puzzle behind the Westgate terror massacre when the Kenya Defence Forces made public a video of photo profiles of the armed attackers.
The terrorists believed to have been five during the massacre were captured by the CCTV cameras at the mall during the operation and the military intelligence together with the Anti-terrorism Police Unit have profiled the identities and linked them to mall saga.
Sources within the military said the terrorists were killed but declined to say where the bodies were. “Even the US government did not show you the images of Osama bin Laden when he was killed. Just go to press with what you have. That is top military secret,” source said.
Here are the names of published profiles of the attackers.
1. Baraal Al Sudani - His last known location was Mogadishu and Westgate. He is said to originate from Somalia. He is described as having received specialised training by Al-Qaida and an experienced sharp shooter. He is the one seen beckoning the attackers to what is believed to be a vantage position at the mall. On the first day of the Westgate mall attack, Al Sudani was wearing khaki cream trousers, a black jacket and ammunition bags around his waist. He spotted white sports shoes too.
2. Omar Nabhan – He is believed to be the commandant of the gang. He was born in Mombasa’s Mwembe Tayari and is said to have gone to Somalia at the age of 16 with his uncle. On the Saturday, Omar wore a sky blue shirt, a brown pair of trousers and a black cloth on his head. He had bags around his waist and held a rifle.
3. Khatab Al Kene - An associate of Ramzy from Mogadishu. He is described as an affiliate of Al-Shabaab.
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