(Xinhua) -- Kenyan police said Thursday they are
questioning a university student wanted over a series of terror
incidents in the country.
Salad Tarif Gufu surrendered to police
in Nairobi maintaining he is not a terrorist as claimed by
police who on Wednesday circulated his name and photographs
urging the public to give information that may lead to his
arrest and four others.
“As a citizen and a student, am being
suspected for a crime that I am not even capable of. My
friends know me and attest to my innocence. I therefore
encourage you all to spread this message of truth: Salad
wasn’t, isn’t and won’t be a terrorist,” he said in his
The suspect was later handed over to
the anti-terror police unit who took him in for questioning.
Salad denied police claims he is a terrorist and had planned
attacks in parts of Lamu County.
Police and intelligence officials said
the terrorists are trooping to Lakta belt near Boni Forest in
Lamu with an aim of attacking locals.
“I am not involved in any terror
activities and I am not armed like the police are saying. I
am a student at the Moi University and I just completed my
attachment waiting to resume my studies in September after
the elections,” Salad said.
The police report released on
Wednesday says Gufu had opened a studio at the Marsabit town
market secretly selling VCDs and DVDs of radical sheikhs who
“He is also affiliated to Mohammed
Abdi Ali aka Abu Fidaa, an online Islamic State recruiter.
Abu Fidaa was arrested before he could launch an Anthrax
attack in Kenya in 2016,”the police said.
The police said terrorists who are
fleeing increased attacks in Somalia have reportedly dispatched
five militants to lead the planned attacks and police believe
some of their relatives are involved in helping them sneak and
hide in the country.
Security agencies said Kenyan
relatives could be trying to aid the return of their brothers
fighting alongside Al-Shabaab in Somalia so that they can join
the war in Boni forest.
The authorities want the public to
help them in tracing the whereabouts of the wanted men with a
bounty of Sh2 million on each of them.
Those wanted include Abdikadir Mohamed
aka Ikrima, Mohammed Tajir Ali, Suleiman Irungu Mwangi as well
as brothers Salad Tari Gufu and Gufu Tari Gufu.