Kenya police kill Shabaab suspect

Rashid Tumbo Kufungwa was killed at a hideout in the coastal town of Diani after opening fire on police after refusing to obey orders to surrender.

Kenya police kill Shabaab suspect

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kenyan police on Friday shot dead a suspected Al-Shabaab rebel believed to be behind a spate of recent attacks in the East African country.

Rashid Tumbo Kufungwa was killed at a hideout in the coastal town of Diani after opening fire on police after refusing to obey orders to surrender, local Police Chief Joseph Omijah said.

"We were able to recover a G3 rifle, a pistol and several rounds of ammunition, which were stolen from police some time back," Omijah told Anadolu Agency.

Kufungwa is suspected of involvement in last month's church attack in Kwale County, which left six people dead.

An anti-terrorism source told AA that the suspect was also linked to the killing of top Kenyan spy Ahmed Bakhshwein, who had been feeding information to both Nairobi and Washington regarding terrorist activity in the coastal region.

Bakhshwein was shot dead as he drove through the coastal town of Malindi, 75km north of Mombasa.

Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks since sending troops to Somalia in 2011.

Nairobi deployed troops to troubled Somalia following a series of kidnappings of tourists – who were later executed by Al-Shabaab rebels – from the Kenyan coast.

Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, in which 67 people were killed.

Last Mod: 25 Nisan 2014, 17:09
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