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5 Al-Shabaab Dusit D2 Attackers Identified Featured

Somalia militant group Alshabaab has identified the five attackers in the January 15th 2019 Dusit D2 hotel attack in Nairobi. 

In a seven minute video released by the group’s media department Al Kataib the attackers are identified as :

1 Ali Salim Gachunge Abu Sakeena (Kenyan)

2 Osman Ahmed Hassan Azzam (Kenyan)

3 Mahir Khalid Riziki Jibril Simba (Kenyan)

4 Muhammad Adan Nur Farhan Yare (Somalia)

5 Abdulqani Arab Yusuf Farhan


In the video the five attackers are seen taking what was to be their last breakfast before the attack.

Kenyan Osman Ahmed Hassan Azzam speaks in swahili at an unidentified house in Nairobi facing the camera in front of a TV showing the Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

Investigators later identified the house in Guango Estate, Kiambu County. 

The man taking the video is the cell leader Ali Salim Gachunge Abu Sakeena a son of a KDF officer raised in Isiolo. 

Kenyan Mahir Khalid Riziki Jibril Simba is seated calmly exchanging pleasantries with the two non-Swahili speaking operatives. Mahir was the militant who detonated self on the compound complex of the hotel.

The group is then addressed in Somali and Swahili by Kenyan Osman Ahmed Hassan Azzam dressed for the mission. 

Twenty one people were killed in the attack. Four of the attackers were killed by the Recce Squad. 


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