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Target in Shabaab raid was planner of foreign attacks

The pre-dawn,seaside SEAL raid Saturday targeted Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir.

Written by Associated Press | Nairobi |
October 8, 2013 3:48:35 am

The man US Navy SEALs tried to take down in Somalia over the weekend was a Kenyan who had plotted to attack his country’s parliament building and the United Nations headquarters in Nairobi,according to a Kenyan government intelligence report.

The pre-dawn,seaside SEAL raid Saturday targeted Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir,who is also known as Ikrimah,a US official told The Associated Press.

The US troops are not believed to have either captured or killed their target.

In the internal report by Kenya’s National Intelligence Service,Abdulkadir is listed as the lead planner of a plot sanctioned by al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan to carry out multiple attacks in Kenya in late 2011 and early 2012.

The report,which was leaked to AP and other media in the wake of the Sept. 21 terror attack on Nairobi’s Westgate Mall that killed more than 60 people,lists Samantha Lewthwaite – a Briton known in British media as the “White Widow” — as one of several “key actors” in the plot to attack Parliament buildings,the UN Office in Nairobi,Kenyan Defence Forces camps and other targets.

The plotters also intended to assassinate top Kenyan political and security officials,the report said.

Police disrupted that plot.

The National Intelligence Service report,in an entry dated exactly one year before the Sept. 21 mall attack,said al-Shabaab operatives were in Nairobi “and are planning to mount suicide attacks on undisclosed date,targeting Westgate Mall and Holy Family Basilica”.

The report also warns of “Mumbai-style attacks”,referring to the assaults in Mumbai,India in 2008 in which operatives stormed several locations with guns and grenades.

The report makes no mention of Abdulkadir in relation to the attack on Westgate Mall.

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