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Police detain 6 minors arrested on suspicion of being Al Shabaab

03 November 2015, 08:10 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Detectives in Mombasa are investigating six underage boys alleged to be members of the outlawed Al Shabaab group.

The six, aged between 12 and 16 were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Betty Koech at the Tononoka children’s court.

The detectives informed the court that the minors were arrested in Nairobi County over the weekend and are from Jomvu and Changamwe constituencies.

Police further established that the boys were on their way to Somalia via the Mandera border.

In the police affidavit before the court, it was further alleged that a man suspected to be behind the recruiting of the minors into the terror group has gone missing and he is on the radar of the ATPU.

Al Shabaab have changed tactics in their recruitment and are now targeting minors within the coastal city of Mombasa.

The detectives further alleged that the suspected mastermind behind the recruitment of the minors is suspected to be a well established member within the Al Shabaab and has been targeting school going children.

Read Also: 12 killed as Al Shabaab attack Somali hotel

The magistrate granted the anti-terror police unit 10 days to complete their investigations into the matter.

The arrest comes amid an ongoing case where a madrassa teacher in Kilifi county was charged in Mombasa law court for recruiting children into the Al Shabaab and teaching them extremist doctrine.

The minors will be arraigned in court soon.

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