The leaders of the DusitD2 Hotel terrorist attack on January 15, 2019, called 140 to carry out their plan.
Documents submitted by the government before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) described how the attack was planned, the terrorist movement, their responsibilities, and the escape of one of the top executives, Violet Wanjiru, alias Kemunto, back to Somalia. The DusitD2 attack was carried out on a key date, in line with al-Shabaab's three-year anniversary of the overthrow of the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) base in El Adde, Gedo province.
In its application to the court urging it to deny Somalia's claims for local water, Kenya listed terrorism as one of the reasons its citizens are at risk. For the first time, Kenya has described in detail how the initiative began with 22 calls from a number in Somalia to a suicide bomber, Mahir Khalid Riziki, who was to travel from Somalia to the city of El Wak on January 11, 2019.
The phone immediately called Somalia after it was activated. Mayat continued to contact the number in Somalia until January 14, 2019, when the phone was last used. The last person in the terrorist plot is Violet Wanjiru. Authorities say she is also known as Kemunto or Khadija. She married Gichunge in 2016 and her primary responsibility was to manage a safe house in Muchatha.
According to the government, he was unaware of the suicide situation of the upcoming attack. He reportedly believed Gichunge would later flee to Somalia to join him. Wanjiru's internal knowledge of Al-Shabaab cell meant it was important for Al-Shabaab not to be arrested," the documents read. He left Muchatha on January 11, 2019, and traveled through Wajir and El Wak to Mandera, arriving the same day. Wanjiru was in Mandera until January 14 when he crossed Somalia.
He was assisted by Adan, a Mandera operator, who contacted him on a newly activated phone. Wanjiru was detained in the border region in a safe house under al-Shabaab control for several weeks before being relocated to their area and set aside to watch Iddah, a period of mourning following the death of her husband.
Kenya says it does not know where it came from. Investigators found a key route when searching for the Toyota Ractis KCE 340E, which led them to the home of the attackers and all those who had collaborated with or worked with them before or during the attack. Investigators obtained Gichunge's identification number which led them to obtain three mobile phone numbers. From Wanjiru's ID number they obtained six mobile phone numbers. They then tracked down these phone numbers in Somalia.
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