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Man arrested in Laikipia for allegedly recruiting youth to join Al Shabaab


Monday, September 09, 2013

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Police in Laikipia County have arrested a man suspected to be recruiting youth to join Somalia's militant group Al Shabaab.

The suspect was arrested on Sunday night at Matwiku location, Ng’arua division in Nyahururu.

An accomplice is said to have escaped during the operation.

A security team led by area District Officer Rufus Kihara and police boss Mohammed Ali Riziki raided Matwiku village following a tip-off from members of the public and arrested the suspect.

Several military jungle uniforms two of them resembling British Army combat gear, another similar to the Somali Army uniform, a red beret, a necklace with a medallion, a mobile phone and several Identity Cards were found during the raid.

Mr Riziki said the members of the public had reported that there was a suspicious character in the area who was a threat to the local community.

The man, aged 20, was said to be bragging that he was from Somalia and on a mission and feared no one.

Upon interrogations, the suspect revealed that he has visited several towns in Somalia among them Bula Hawa, Baidoa and Doro-which are suspected to be some of the areas occupied by the Al Shabaab militia.

The police boss said the suspect could be on a mission to recruit more unsuspecting youths to join the militia group after promising them better jobs in Somalia.

Riziki said the suspect will be handed over to the anti-terrorism police for further investigation.


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