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Three Al Shabaab brides arrested in Mtwapa

17 September 2015, 08:14 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Detectives in Mombasa are holding three girls who were arrested in possession of suspected military equipment at the Mtwapa weighbridge on their way to Garissa.

It is alleged that the three; Nargis Arafat Gulam, Mwanajuma Mweru Tayari and Saumu Ali Athman were found in possession of a laptop and other accessories - pocket phones and its chargers, surveillance pens, external hard drives, military boots, earphones and screw drivers.

The state prosecutor, Eugene Wangila Wednesday requested the court to hold the three girls in police custody for 30 days to enable the police to conclude their investigation after it was suspected that the three had linked with the Al Shabaab militia in Somalia.

In a sworn affidavit before the court, the investigating officer, Constable Yvonne Mulobi said the girls were intercepted at the Mtwapa weighbridge on September 16 aboard a Garissa-bound bus.

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Wangila said that upon a search, they were found them with the suspected military equipment.

He said the investigations surrounding the case were wide and complex and it is believed that they were to be used to commit terror activities in Kenya.

Chief magistrate Susan Shitubi directed that the three be held at the Port police until investigations are complete.

This comes weeks after four other girls; Khadija Abdulkadir, Mariam Aboud, Ummulkhayr Abdulla (Tanzanian) and Halima Aden Ali were arrested in Elwak on their way to join the ISIS fighters in the war-torn Syria through Somalia.

They are suspected to be university students in Kenya and are also in police custody.

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