NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – Police in Kenya have said that they are seeking an international warrant of arrest for the “two or three suspects,” who purchased the car that was used by terrorists in the September 21 Westgate mall attack.
Director of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro said they would be seeking Interpol’s assistance to arrest the suspects as efforts to capture them locally have been unsuccessful.
“Once we apply for the warrant of arrest, we’ll be seeking also the intervention of Interpol in terms of seeking a red notice, what we call the international warrant of arrest,” he told journalists on Tuesday.
The police on October 6 released images of two of the suspects and offered a Sh500,000 reward for any information that would lead to their capture.
“I remember we have published faces, though not very clear, of two persons who were involved in the procurement of the vehicle that was used to ferry the terrorists to the Westgate mall,” Muhoro recalled.
The police have also detained for interrogation the ex-wife of one of the suspects, arrested as she tried to board a bus for Mombasa immediately following the Westgate terror attack.
Intelligence agencies established that she had been in communication with the man identified as Abdikadir Haret Mohamed before and after the attack.
The other suspect, Adan Dheq who goes by two aliases Hussein Abdi Ali and Abdulahi Dugon Subow is believed to be a Somali national.
Police were able to identify the two as those who purchased the infamous silver KAS 575X Mitsubishi Saloon car from CCTV footage obtained from the Barclays Bank Queensway branch.
In the footage they are seen using their mobile phones and walking in and out of the bank once the transaction is complete.
And given the ease with which the terrorists were able to obtain the vehicle found to contain ammunition and undetonated grenades, Muhoro has called on Kenyans to be vigilant when carrying out similar transactions.
“When someone is not even concerned about the logbook telling you they’ll get it later after paying cash for a car, that should set some alarm bells ringing,” he said implying that must have been what happened in the Mitsubishi case.