Tuesday, November 15, 2022
KENYA, NAIROBI: The US administration has cancelled a training contract worth $400,000 with the AmmoDump Kwenia Shooting Range in Magadi where noted journalist Arshad Sharif was killed, it has now emerged.
Credible sources shared with Geo and The News that the US administration decided to cancel its training contract after Arshad Sharif’s killing brought the spotlight to the site owned by Waqar Ahmad and his business partner Jamshaid Khan – both originally from Karachi. Waqar’s brother Khurram Ahmad was driving Arshad Sharif when he was killed.
Sources said that AmmoDump had signed a training contract with the United States Department of State for arranging anti-terrorism and anti-drugs training at the shooting site.
The source said: “This contract was part of the US International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). These trainings are done to strengthen the professional capability of the local police and for countering international crime, illegal drugs, and instability.”
He added: “The AmmoDump Range had a stream of contracts in anti-terrorism training. American instructors were present at the site on the night Arshad Sharif stayed there and spent the following day on 23rd August till night.”
On its website, the US State Department confirms training the Kenya National Police through the ICITAP programme that works with foreign governments to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transnational crime and terrorism.
Last week, Geo News revealed that around ten American instructors and US national trainees were present at the AmmoDump Shooting Range on the last night of Arshad Sharif’s life. They had dinner together and mingled with each other.
Arshad Sharif spent the last hours of his life at this site after arriving here on the night of 22nd October. This publication reported last week that several firms have pulled out of training contracts with the AmmoDump site. Immediately after the killing, the local police asked the site owners to halt all operations.
Waqar, Khurram and Jamshaid Khan started the AmmoDump range around seven years ago. According to the site’s website, it provides recreational activities such as shooting practices, police and firearms training, military shooting training, bike and motor rides and weekend and weekdays camping. The site has no electricity and it uses its own generators for light.
Sources have said that the shooting site is mainly managed by Waqar Ahmad, his wife Morin (Maurine) and Jamshaid Khan. Speaking to Ahmad Noorani, formerly The News reporter and editor of FactFocus website, Jamshaid Khan has claimed that Arshad Sharif was assassinated by Kenya’s military. He said that the General Service Unit (GSU) which killed Arshad Sharif was part of the Kenya army, not the Kenya police.
AmmoDump highlights its status as a major recce site for security personnel looking to hone their shooting skills in warfare. It offers services to governments, individuals and private security companies.
"Pakistani investigators have asked in writing to the Kenyan authorities to provide “names and contact details of the instructors and trainers who were getting training at AmmoDump Training Camp at the time of the shooting”.
AmmoDump Limited’s website says it’s a Kenyan-registered company whose parent company AmmoDump Securities Incorporated is registered in Ontario, Canada. Its website boasts: “We specialize in Defense and Security equipment. AmmoDump was formed in 2015 by a group of like-minded individuals who sought to combine best-in-class brands, assets and people within the complex risk management industry.”
Sources have said that partners at AmmoDump also trade in arms and work with several arms companies.
The slain Pakistani journalist was fatally shot, while he was being driven in a motor vehicle registration number KDG 200M, near the GSU training college along the Kiserian-Magadi Road.