In Summary
  • Mr Benjamin Masero, 37, Wednesday told the Daily Nation that he and five other porters at a Nairobi bus station were enticed with job offers in Mombasa by a man believed to be the terror group’s agent in the city.
  • Mr Masero comes from Ikolomani constituency in Kakamega County and said their full names, national identity card numbers and places of birth were taken by their “hosts” who said that they would use the information to get in touch with their families should anything bad happen to them.
  • Mr Masero said he escaped from “captivity” last week after sneaking out of the room during prayers for a man who had died.

A porter has sensationally revealed that he was recruited into the Al-Shabaab terror group and radicalised at a Mombasa mosque.

He was then instructed to carry out terrorist attacks.

Mr Benjamin Masero, 37, Wednesday told the Daily Nation that he and five other porters at a Nairobi bus station were enticed with job offers in Mombasa by a man believed to be the terror group’s agent in the city.

“We used to earn a living helping passengers carry luggage at the Country Bus Station. We would meet at Tea Room every morning and proceed to the stage. In the last week of April, an agent of a bus company plying the Nairobi-Mombasa route approached us with the promise of giving us jobs at the bus company in Mombasa,” Mr Masero said.

They were taken to a mosque in Bondeni in the coastal town.

“They took us to a room in the compound of the mosque, where we stayed while arrangements were made for us to take up our new jobs. Soon after, an Islamic preacher started offering us Islamic teachings.”

Mr Masero comes from Ikolomani constituency in Kakamega County and said their full names, national identity card numbers and places of birth were taken by their “hosts” who said that they would use the information to get in touch with their families should anything bad happen to them.

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