Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Police are holding 21 refugees after they were found travelling to Somalia to allegedly join Al Shabaab militants.
The men were intercepted at the weekend on board a van at the Abdisugo roadblock while carrying lots of foodstuff and water.
Police said the men had left Hagadera refugee camp and were headed for Kolbio area of Somalia when they were intercepted.
Garissa County head of CID Musa Yego said they had information the youth were going to join Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia.
are in custody and they have so far appeared in court. We have
information the youth were headed to Somalia to join the terror group
and we are talking to them for now,” said Yego.
The arrest is an
indication the refugee camp remains a major source of recruits for the
terrorists, some of whom have come to haunt Kenya.
Part of the plans to attack Westgate Shopping Mall were hatched at the larger Dadaab Refugee Camp, security officials have said.
agencies’ reports show continued presence of refugee camps provides
safe cover for terrorists to enter, recruit, indoctrinate, train, harbor
and move the operatives to and from Somalia without detection by
“Most of the ‘Amniyats’ pass through the
refugee camps, where they obtain Alien Cards, before fraudulently
obtaining Kenyan identification papers.”
The report says there is
steady influx of Al Shabaab secret agents into the country with
instructions to execute attacks on key installations, assassinate key
political and business personalities, attack security personnel and
engage in kidnappings.
“An average of 100 Al Shabaab enter the
country through our porous North Eastern borders and Kenya has over 300
Kenyans trained by Al Shabaab currently in the country,” reads part of a
The report presented to a security meeting last week revealed the
agencies are monitoring activities at major learning institutions in
Nairobi believed to be behind radicalisation of youths.
schools and a technical college are named in the report. It adds some
mosques in Busia, Kisii, Oyugis, Mumias, Kiambu and Migori are being
used by clerics as places to radicalise youths.
An IT student from a local university identified as Ahmed Iman Ali
has reportedly been appointed as Emir of Al-Shabaab in the country.
schools they offer Sh50,000 to those who have accepted to join Islam,
then Sh300000 to those who join Mujahidin. They also build houses for
people as part of incentives,” adds the report.
The report says
the challenge of policing the porous borders, coupled with corruption,
enables terrorists to penetrate, recruit and indoctrinate jobless
Kenyans into their ranks.
There has been notable movement of
operatives of Kenyan and foreign origin into the country with
bomb-making materials, mostly from Somalia.
corruption among security personnel, the KRA and Immigration officers
at the border points and road blocks; and some chiefs, continue to be
exploited by terrorists to infiltrate the country and acquire vital
documents such as IDs and passports.”
The presence of many Al
Shabaab sympathisers in Kenya who have been encouraging, protecting and
concealing the group’s activities and operatives has also been cited as a