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.