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North Coast police arrest two students over 'Islamic States' links

MALINDI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s anti-terrorism police unit on have arrested two university students who have been radicalized and lured to join the Islamic State (IS) in Libya in the coastal town of Malindi.

The two medical interns at Malindi sub county hospital were arrested by joint team of detectives from Nairobi and Mombasa.

Senior Anti-terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) officer involved in the operation said detectives were able to intercept communication of the two as they planned to travel to join the IS militants.

They were allegedly recruited by Mohammed Abdi Ali, one of the students arrested after police foiled the planned anthrax attack on April 29.

Police said Ali has wide network in Coast, Western, North Eastern Rift Valley, Somalia, Libya and Syria.

Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet said Ali and his accomplices were planning a large-scale biological attack in Kenya using anthrax with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans.

Boinet said Ali who studied at Kampala International University in Uganda before returning to Kenya had also been facilitating Kenyan youths to secretly leave the country to joint terror groups in Libya and Syria.

"The two students were arrested as they planned to sneak out of the country.

"They are the latest batch of university students lured to join the ISIS group in Libya and Syria," the ATPU officer said.

             

 

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