He came spreading God's word

He said he was a preacher man.

His name was Abdul Karim, and he arrived on an isolated island in Kenya in 2000. The Kenyan government didn't have much of a presence, and there were very few services. There was no piped water or an electric grid, for instance.

But Mr. Karim, a soft-spoken and generous man, was an Islamic missionary spreading God's word. He helped renovate a mosque, taught at a religious school, and set up two soccer teams. He eventually married a local girl from a prominent family.

Mr. Karim liked that the island where he settled was quiet and out of the way. Mr. Abdul Karim, whose real name was Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, needed a place where he could plan his next move. Two years ago, he had killed 214 people.

Read the article A master of disguise and forgery>>

- A master of disguise and forgery, Saturday Nation, Kenya>>
- A Blow Against African Terrorism, Voice of America News>>

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