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How Riverside suicide bomber escaped arrest and what his arrested widow knew about links to Alshabaab

Mahir Khalid Riziki had been on the run for close to 5 years before the attack at Riverside

Suhaila Mwalim Bakari, widow of suicide bomber at Dusit terror attack.

Investigations have revealed how Riverside Park suicide bomber Mahir Khalid Riziki colluded with his wife Suhaila Mwalim Bakari who knew his whereabouts to escape Kenyan authorities.

Reports indicate that Suhaila was married to Mahir until 2014 when he fled the country to Tanzania after authorities placed him among the most wanted suspects in Kenya.

Mahir had been linked to a series of terrorist activities including the killing of a police officer at Royal Court Hotel in October 2014.

The suicide bomber would make his way to Somalia,joining Alshabaab for training and confirming the same to his family in 2015.


Confidant while in Somalia receiving training

Reports indicate that Suhaila was his close confidant who he would regularly call to enquire how the family was fairing on.

Despite being fully aware that Mahir was a suspect on the run with a Sh 2million bounty on his head, Suhaila chose not to share the details of his whereabouts with the police.

Shortly after Mahir fled the country, Suhaila left her matrimonial home in Majengo and moved back to her parents’ home in Bakarani.


She would allegedly enter into another relationship and maintain a low profile, going to great lengths to erase his ties with Mahir’s family.

Investigators would be keen to establish if she aided the terrorist or if she received any material support from Mahir when he was in hiding.

She was apprehended by officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit and taken in for questioning.

The 25 year old found herself on the spot for failing to share with the police any information she had when her husband was suspected to have gone to Mombasa towards the end of last year as part of a cell tasked with orchestrating an attack at the Coast.


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