Al-Shabaab fighters were paid Sh10,000 'monthly stipend'

Thursday January 14 2016

KDF soldiers display a cache of weapons outside Mpeketoni Hospital after killing 11 Al-Shabaab terrorists who had attacked a military camp in Lamu. PHOTO | ATHMAN OMAR

KDF soldiers display a cache of weapons outside Mpeketoni Hospital on June 15, 2015 after killing 11 Al-Shabaab terrorists who had attacked a military camp in Lamu. PHOTO | ATHMAN OMAR | NATION MEDIA GROUP NATION MEDIA GROUP

By FRED MUKINDA
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Al-Shabaab enticed its fighters with Sh10,000 every month to sustain attacks against Kenya, says a captured terrorist.

Maalik Alim Jones, an American who was arrested in Somalia last month as he attempted to flee, told investigators that he was attached to a unit that carried out attacks in Kenya and was paid a $100 (Sh10,200) “monthly stipend”.

He was arrested on December 7 by Somalia authorities and surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents, who questioned him. He was later charged in a United States court.

The FBI findings were on Tuesday posted on the US Justice Department official website.

The suspect is wanted by Kenyan authorities for the raid on the Baure military camp in Lamu, in which two soldiers died and 18 Al-Shabaab terrorists were killed on June 14 last year.

Jones is also wanted for the 2013 terror attacks in Mpeketoni and Hindi in which nearly 90 people died between June and July 2013.

FBI special agent Mary Boese filed five terror-related complaints against him in the court showing he also fought against Kenyan troops in Somalia.

The report says: “Jones was called to fight a battle in Afmadow, a town in Somalia. Jones brought his gear, including his AK-47 rifle, to Afmadow, where he and his unit immediately participated in a battle against soldiers of the Kenyan Government.”

Al-Shabaab lost that battle and suffered heavy casualties.

Jones was injured by a Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) missile. He was withdrawn from the battlefield and taken to hospital. After that he was involved in other missions.

The battle in Afmadow is among the fiercest the Kenyan troops had with Al-Shabaab since entering Somalia in 2011.

The FBI agent also says in the report: “I have also learned that Al-Shabaab maintains a unit known as Jaysh Ayman, which functions as a specialised fighting force. Jaysh Ayman is responsible for carrying out commando attacks and cross-border raids.”