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Kenya: Suspected Terrorist Survives Police Attack, Twice

by kenya-tribune

On October 3, 2013, Salim Aboud Khalid was the only man who survived after a vehicle he was travelling in was sprayed with bullets by people suspected to be police officers on Mombasa-Malindi highway in Mombasa.

In the car were four other people: Sheikh Ibrahim Ismail – the successor to slain radical Muslim cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo – Gadaffi Mohammed, Issa Abdalla (driver) and Omar Abu Rumeisa.

Khalid had survived the attack by lying in the car and playing dead.

“We have finished them,” Khalid heard them say. The shooters, he said, sped-off in a Mark X.

After the incident, Khalid, who was nicknamed Survivor, went underground with his name being put in the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) wanted list.


Six years down the line on Wednesday, police officers from the elite Recce squad together with their ATPU counterparts tracked him down.

They stormed the quiet Tudor Mwisho residence where they shot him three times: in the stomach, hand and leg.

Once again, he cheated death as he was rushed to Coast General Provincial Hospital (CPGH) where he is recuperating.

He is in stable condition, according to photos seen by the Nation. Mombasa police commander Eliud Monari said the wanted terrorism suspect is under police custody at the hospital.

“The suspect is linked to terror-related activities and has for long been tracked by our officers from the ATPU. We believe he had travelled to Somalia, as he has not been around for quite some time,” said Mr Monari.