Kenyan Authorities have put up a $20,000:00 bounty on the head of a female terrorist who is thought to be hiding in one of the country’s refugee camps that was setup in the North-Eastern border region. The Kenyan Government has said it would pay up to $20,000 for any information that lead to the capture of Rukia Faraj, the female suspect.
The authorities in Kenya have also released a photogragps of Rukia Faraj, who is known to be a top al-Shabaab operative in a refugee camp in Garissa County.
“She is wanted for facilitating movement of youth to Somalia to join her husband who is planning an attack in Kenya,” said the police spokesman in a statement issued last week.
Faraj’s husband, Ramadhan Kufungwa, is also a wanted terrorist, he has been accused of being the mastermind behind the grenade attacks and assassinations of a handful of moderate clerics and security officers in the Kenyan city of Mombasa County.
The statement also indicated that Faraj was also aiding Kufungwa in planning fresh attacks in the country, by helping Kufungwa bring move explosives and other weapons from Somalia into Kenya’s northeastern region.
The bounty on Faraj comes after a cache of firearms and explosive was recovered in Garissa County on Wednesday night.
Police believe the weapons were to be used against vital government installations and religious institutions.
Northeastern Regional Coordinator, Mohamud Saleh, said on Friday that the breakthrough follows the arrest of more dangerous al-Shabaab suspects who provided crucial information that led to the unearthing of weapons.
Saleh said he had ordered all landlords and commercial facilities owners to provide detailed identities of their tenants to their chiefs. The chiefs will in turn submit the same to the county commissioners, who subsequently share the information with the police for action within the next 14 days.
“We believe some of these criminals are occupying or are being harbored in some of these private premises,” he said.
Saleh said the Kenyan government was closely collaborating with their Somali counterparts in order to eradicate all criminal elements along the border.