NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – Police on Saturday released a photograph of a German terror suspect who entered into Kenya illegally allegedly to plot attacks with the Al-Shabaab militants.
The suspect, Ahmed Khaled Mueller, is believed to have entered Kenya after disguising himself, according to police.
“The said Ahmed Khaled Mueller is therefore summoned to report to the nearest police station from where he will be handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU),” read a statement from Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe on Saturday.
Police have also urged any person who knows the whereabouts of Mueller to give the information to the nearest police officer or police station.
“The public is also warned that this person is possibly armed. Ahmed Khalid Mueller is also believed to use pseudo names Andreas Martin Muller and Abu Nusaibah,” further read the statement.
“The Commissioner of Police also wishes to take this opportunity to thank all Kenyans for their continued cooperation in the war against terrorism.”
Several foreign jihadists have transited through Kenya to Somalia where an al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency is battling to overthrow the Western-backed transitional government.
The hardline Islamist group, Al Shabaab, controls much of Somalia and has previously acknowledged receiving foreign fighters to swell its ranks.
Among those arrested in Kenya is British national James Grant who is still facing terror related charges.
This is not the first time that a German national is being sought by Kenyan police over terror related concerns.
In 2010, the police arrested a suspected German militant and deported him shortly after issuing an alert about his presence in the country.
Sascha Alessandro Boettcher, who arrived in Kenya on September 22, 2010, was arrested in Mtwapa outside the coastal city of Mombasa.
“Kindly note that the suspect has been arrested from a private residence in Mtwapa and deported back to Germany,” Kiraithe said.
In a statement earlier, the police spokesman said: “Based on the information we have received from the German embassy, the Kenya police would like to alert the public that there is a wanted terror suspect in the country.”
Police said they were informed by the embassy that the suspect, a Muslim convert, had left a note for his mother that he would not return home alive.
Boettcher, 23, arrived in Kenya through Moi International Airport in Mombasa having left Frankfurt aboard Condor Air, reportedly heading for Somalia, Kiraithe said.
Police released pictures of Boettcher, one showing him clean shaven and wearing a grey hooded top and dark trousers, and another of him wearing a Muslim prayer cap and sporting bushy beard.