Rashid Mwalimu, a Kenyan pilot trained in the Philippines after being recruited by the Al Shabaab terror group is planning to use his expertise to conduct an aerial attack on Kenya. This is according to a Police red alert, informing members of the public to be on the lookout for the suspect. In a statement on Tuesday, the National Police Service also described the pilot as armed and very dangerous.
”He is wanted by the Anti-Terrorism Police. He is a trained pilot on mission to carry out aviation attacks. Currently he is in Somalia and is planning on how to sneak back into Kenya. If seen, report to any nearest security agency,” police said in the alert.
Mr. Rashid Mwalimu joined the Somalia-based terror group together with his friend Cholo Abdi Abdulla, who is currently in custody in the US. Both Cholo and Rashid were trained as pilots in the Philipines in 2015. The two would be very close and were ranked as the most skilled operatives among their peers. They played very useful roles on a number of attacks in Somalia after rigorous training inside Boni forest, along the Kenyan Coast, before being selected for the aviation course.