NAIROBI, August 6 – Police said Wednesday that they were looking for a man they suspect has been harbouring the wanted terror fugitive Fazul Abdullah Mohammed.
The man, said to be a businessman in Mombasa, was identified as Bajnaf Mselem Swaleh.
“We understand he had been staying with Fazul and he has since gone under. We are looking for him to assist us get this man,” our source at the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) said.
“The photograph bears the image of a bearded man. We are told he is a Mombasa businessman with vast interests in real estate and a motor vehicle dealership,” the officer said.
ATPU officers hunting for the terror suspect said they had established that the businessman is Fazul’s close associate, who has links with the family of three that was arrested last weekend.
The terror operation is concentrated in Malindi and Mombasa, where the suspect is thought to be hiding. Police were optimistic of getting Fazul, who was said to be holed up in the Coastal area.
The officers said they were closely monitoring all public and private hospitals at the Coast to ensure Fazul does not seek treatment for a kidney ailment he has.
Eight people have so far been arrested over the Fazul fiasco, three of whom were briefly questioned on Tuesday before being set free.
They were arrested in Mombasa as the hunt for the wanted fugitive intensified.
Police said they wanted to establish if they had any links with a family of three that was arrested on Saturday, when Fazul reportedly escaped the police dragnet.
Another man was picked up for questioning on Wednesday, but was due to be released after police established that he had no links to Fazul.
The terror fugitive was indicted in the Southern District of New York, for his alleged involvement in the bombings of the US Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, on August 7, 1998.
The Rewards for Justice Program, US Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information directly leading to the apprehension or conviction of the fugitive.