Kenyan security forces help people to escape after a bomb blast at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, on January 15, 2019. Photo by KABIR DHANJI / AFP
KAMPALA - The man who masterminded the January 15, DusitD2 hotel attack in Westlands, Nairobi Kenya, Ali Salim Gichunge alias Farouk was trained and radicalized in Uganda where he studied Islam, his family members have revealed.
Gichunge, who is said to have been killed alongside his two other colleagues who raided the hotel, reportedly came to Uganda in 2016 and attended different radical Islam teachings in different parts of the Country, Sunday Vision has learnt.
The terrorism attack in Kenya killed 21 people and left many others injured.
Details emerging also indicate that Gichunge’s father, Abdala Salim, is a Sergeant in the Kenya national army, Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and has been arrested alongside his mother, Sakina Mariam.
The two have been transported from Isiolo, a Kenyan town in the Northern part of the country, to Nairobi for interrogation by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
Ugandan security agencies remained tightlipped on Friday when Sunday Vision contacted them about the new details emerging from the terror investigations. However, a senior security source who is currently working with the Kenyan Security agencies on secondment, confirmed the developments.
“Yes it’s true we have received credible reports that he might have travelled here for further radicalization. We are investigating the claims and at an appropriate time we will share the details,” the source revealed.
However, Sunday Vision has learnt that the Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Director General Col. (rtd) Kaka Bagyenda had sent a specialised team of operatives in Busia to dig more information about the training operations of Gichunge.
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