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
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
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.