September 20, 2020

Suspected AL-Shabaab Recruits Nabbed

Al-Shabaab fighters

By Derrick Kiplagat
Three young women have been arrested by the Kenya Defense Forces as they tried to sneak into Somalia allegedly to join the Al-Shabaab terrorist outfit. The three, two Kenyans and a Tanzanian, suspected to be students were netted at El-Wak on the Kenya- Somalia border according to Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa.
Two of the suspects are aged 21, with the third aged 19 according to the police. One is said to be a student at the Mount Kenya University in Thika, the other at Burhania Secondary School in Malindi Kilifi County and the third a medicine student the International University of Africa in Khartoum.
According to the police, the three are the first suspected female Jihadists to be arrested in East Africa trying to sneak to Somalia.
Mr. Marwa who is also the chair of the Mombasa County Security Committee, said the three were likely going for training to become suicide bombers. Marwa added that the government has received intelligence about the people involved in the recruitment process and their Kenyan accomplices.
Reports say that the items seized from the ladies, indicated that they were going to be married to AL- Shabaab militants and had been lured through social media. The commissioner said the Tanzanian suspect who claimed to be a student at Khartoum, didn’t have proper documentations to prove so. He told the press that there are organizations in Kenya he could not name, which were involved in their trafficking.

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