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Kenya: Three Tanzanians Arrested At Kiunga

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KENYA anti terrorism police officers are interrogating three Tanzania nationals arrested as they crossed to Somalia from Kenya. Jamani Ali, Mbaruki Sharif Muswadiku and Harun Waziri Tinawa were arrested on Sunday at Ras Kamboni area in Somalia by Kenya Defense Forces soldiers.

According to police, this is the second time the two are being arrested at the border, raising suspicion that they could be going to join the al shabab. They were first arrested on August 9, 2012 at Kiunga border on their way to Somalia. A senior anti terrorism police officer said the three had changed their identities.

Lamu East police boss Samuel Obara said they have been handed over to Anti terrorism police officers at Kiunga. "They are in the hands of anti terrorism police unit. We suspect they have connection with the Alshabab terror group. Once police are through with interrogation they will be charged in Court," said Obara.

Speaking to the Star on phone, Obara said the suspects claimed they were traveling to Kolbio in Somalia to visit their relatives. Police suspects they are among hundreds of foreign fighters and Kenyan youths joining the militia group where they undergo paramilitary training to carry out attacks.

According to police the suspects boarded a passenger boat from Lamu Island to Ras Kiamboni before they was arrested.

This comes a week after a man believed to be recruiting Kenyan youths to join Alshabab was arrested in Garissa. Some Muslim clerics have been accused of radicalizing youths to join the group.

Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku, on Friday held talks with the leadership of Masjid Musa mosque in Majengo area, Mombasa. The mosque is accused of supporting the Al Shabaab terror group.

The mosque was used by the late controversial Muslim leader Sheikh Aboud Rogo and Sheikh Ibrahim Swaleh. They were killed in a similar drive-by shooting along the Mombasa-Malindi highway on two different incidences. Lenku warned those engaging in radicalization and funding of Al Shabaab activities in the country.


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