NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 3 – Kenyan police have asked Ugandan security forces to track down a German terrorist suspected to have crossed over into the neighbouring country following the Westgate attack.
Photos of the German known as Andreas Mueller alias Ahmed Khaled have been circulated widely by Ugandan police after it emerged that he was on board a bus that crossed Kenya’s Limulu border on Tuesday.
“Whoever sees anyone with features resembling the person in the picture, you should report immediately to the nearest police station/ post/ booth, mobile patrol or a security officer in the vicinity,” Ugandan Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura stated in a terror alert issued on Wednesday.
The Ugandan police have also set up the hotlines, “0800199699, 0800199399 and 0714667743,” for citizens to report sightings of anyone who matches his description.
He is then thought to have travelled onto Kampala and alighted somewhere along the Ugandan capital’s Jinja road.
It is not the first time Ugandan police have issued a terror alert for Mueller who was also suspected of crossing into Uganda last year, again from Kenya, in the company of one Emrah Erdogan.
According to the BBC, Erdogan was later arrested by Tanzanian security forces after they circulated his photo, again at Kenya’s request, for suspected involvement in the bombing of Assanands in May last year.
An outstanding warrant however remains for Mueller’s involvement in that attack and now the killing of 67 people when terrorists went into Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall guns blazing on September 21.
The 25 year-old Erdogan who goes by the alias Salahuddin al-Kurdi is of Turkish origin and together with Mueller are said to have trained with the Al Shabaab in Somalia before orchestrating terror attacks in Kenya and Uganda.
Mueller joins Samantha Lewthwaite on the list of terror suspects the Kenyan security agencies are eager to apprehend for their suspected involvement in an array of terror attacks.
Lewthwaite who has been dubbed the, ‘White Widow’ has somehow managed to elude security agents in both South Africa and Kenya where she is said to have resided for extended periods of time.