17 suspects arrested over suspected links with Somalia-based terror group to be detained

17 suspects arrested over suspected links with Somalia-based terror group to be detained

BY CORRESPONDENT,KWALE,29TH JAN 2019-High court in Kwale has allowed police to detain 17 suspects arrested over suspected links with Somalia-based terror group Al-Shabaab.

The suspects were arrested on Sunday at Samburu in Kwale County in a two-bedroom house where police said they found counterfeit goods.

Police officer who spoke to UpesiNews on condition of anonymity says the youths were on their way to Somalia to join the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.

Kinango OCPD John Kemboi who confirmed the arrests said they suspected the youths, aged between 18 and 27, were new recruits.

“We suspect the youth were being organised to join terror groups because it is strange to find the group of youth in a house. It seems they were up to something,” he said.

However while in court ,the suspects denied the allegations, counter-accusing the police of harassment and confiscating their mobile phones.

According to them ,they are engaged in legal business with a registered company which has nothing to do with the dreaded terror group. ​

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