U.S. target in Somalia plotted serial Kenya attacks

The Muslim Issue

Source: Reuters – Tue, 8 Oct 2013 03:20 PM

Author: Reuters
A woman lights a candle during a memorial service in front of the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in honour of the victims of last Saturday’s attack by gunmen, September 28, 2013. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola

* U.S. special forces failed to capture Ikrima on Saturday

* Ikrima seen as an “external operations” planner

* He was a protege of leading al Qaeda operatives

* Kenyan intelligence says masterminded several plots

By Richard Lough

NAIROBI, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Ikrima, the militant targeted by U.S. special forces in a failed weekend raid, is a Somali-based thinker, planner and operator who has relentlessly plotted attacks on neighbouring Kenya, intelligence services and analysts believe.

Kenyan and Western security agencies have identified Ikrima – the nom de guerre of Abdikadar Mohamed Abdikadar – as the link man for commanders of the al Shabaab…

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