48 foreign terror suspects arrested in northern Kenya
26 June 2015, 16:53
Nairobi - Kenyan police said they were interrogating 48 foreign
terror suspects arrested in northeast region as security agencies step
up war against terror and other security challenges in the country.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett said 33 suspects were
arrested in Garissa, 10 in Mandera and five in Wajir counties, all of
which are close to the Somali border.
"The 48 aliens are still assisting with investigations to establish
the reasons for their presence in the country," Boinett said in a
statement released in Nairobi on Friday.
The police chief said increased partnership between the police and
the public has so far led to the arrest of the 48 foreigners, most of
them suspected to be linked to the Al-Shabaab.
He said one of the arrested is a suspected survivor of the attack on
the foiled attack at the militant camp in Lamu in the coastal region on
June 14. Boinett said the police arrested Abdulhakim AbdulSamad, who
claimed to be a Briton, born of Somalia/ Arab ancestry in Lamu.
The arrests come as Kenya raised alarm on Thursday over the flow of
foreign jihadists fueling violent extremism in the Horn of Africa
region, saying they have complicated the fight against terrorism.
Deputy President William Ruto said Thursday the radicalization of the
youth has been supported by the ease in transferring money across the
world and the use of social media to spread hate.
"This is the most pressing threat of our time. Violent extremism is
significant beyond itself. It is a truly global issue, " Ruto said at
the start of a regional conference on countering violent extremism,
attended by over 300 diplomats, security experts and civil society
representatives from some 40 countries around the world.
The apparent rise in the number of the foreign jihadist fighters in
the rank of the Al-Shabaab and other terrorist groups in the region
became clearer when British national Thomas Evans was killed in a gun
battle with the military when he led the attack on the Buare military
camp in Lamu. And German national Andreas Martin Muller, alias Abu
Nusaibah, escaped with wounds.
Ruto named groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) , Al- Qaeda,
Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab, continue to spread attacks on innocent
victims. He said these groups are growing in numbers, and becoming
sophisticated in operation, calling on the international community to
speak with one voice to disrupt and degrade the terrorist
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