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Female Kenyatta university student arrested for joining ISIS

10 May 2016, 11:31

Nairobi - A female student at the Kenyatta University is facing charges of joining ISIS terror group.

Gloria Kavaya Iqra, who was a first year microbiology student allegedly confirmed to Islam in October 2015 after her family neglected her.

According to Citizen TV, she disappeared from campus in February 2016 to stay with a Somali family in South B where she was arrested last week.

She is suspected to have undergone radicalization after an unidentified agency promised to finance her studies at the International University of Africa in Sudan.

Read Also: Police arrest three over 'IS' anthrax attack plot

Court on Monday ruled that she remain in custody until a bond of KES 500 000 is paid.

Kavaya was arrested just a few days after police busted a ring of medical interns who were planning a biological attack on Kenya using anthrax.

A man said to be the leader of the interns by the name Mohammed Abdi Ali is said to have been engaging in the active radicalization, recruitment of university students and other Kenyan youth into terrorism networks, as well as facilitating them to secretly leave for Libya and Syria to join ISIS fighters.

In February, another University student was arrested while on his way to Libya to join the terror group.

The biochemistry student at the University of Nairobi had used part of his fees to buy his ticket to Sudan where he would board a connecting flight.

Terror groups have increasingly been targeting University students in Kenya for radicalization, Capital News reports, with the promise of securing them high paying jobs.

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