LAMU (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police in coastal Lamu region have arrested a middle aged
male terror suspect believed to have links with the al-Shabab
terrorist group, the police confirmed on Saturday.
Leting, Lamu County Directorate of Criminal Investigations
Commander said the suspect was arrested on Friday evening by
detectives at a local hospital following a tip-off on his
presence in the county.
The DCI commander also indicated that the terror suspect had
in his possession items believed to be bomb and improvised
explosive devices (IED) making materials.
He said the items are being investigated by a team of bomb
"We are holding a man who we highly believe is linked to the
al-Shabab terror group.
"We have intelligence that he has been in contact with the
commanders in terror group.
"We also have material we believe he was using to make bombs
"We don’t want to divulge much as the issue is still under
investigation," said Leting.
The commander expressed optimism that more arrests will be
made once the suspect is thoroughly interrogated.
Police are also trying to establish if the terror suspect has
any links to medics at the county hospital and what he was doing
at the staff quarters shortly before he was arrested.
Lamu County has been in the spotlight for some years now
owing to increased scathing attacks by the militants that have
left hordes of security officers and civilians dead.
In August, two terror attacks by suspected al-Shabab
militants left at least 11 Kenya Defense Forces soldiers (KDF)
dead in two separate attacks Lamu.
On August 08, six KDF soldiers were killed and five others
seriously wounded after their vehicle ran over an IED at a local
bridge in Lamu East Sub County.
On August 29, five KDF soldiers were killed and 10 injured
after their vehicle ran over an explosive device on the
The soldiers are part of a wider security operation launched
to flush out al-Shabab militants believed to be hiding inside
the expansive Boni forest in Lamu.
The operation was launched by the national government in
Somalia army has arrested
32 al-Shabab militants
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali National Army (SNA) have arrested 32 al-Shabab
militants after conducting military operations in Marka town in
Lower Shabelle region southern Somalia.
SNA commander Odowa Yusuf Rage told the state-owned radio on
Wednesday that the operations took around the port town of Marka
on Monday and Tuesday.
"Somali National Army arrested 32 al-Shabab militants during
military operations in Marka in the past two days.
"Some of them were caught while fighting, the rest are
amniyat (secret spy units), bomb experts and tax collectors,"
He said the suspects will be taken to military court to face
changes of belonging to terror group
The Somali National Army, backed by the African Union Mission
troops, re-captured the town from al-Shabab fighters on Aug. 19.
Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants on Tuesday abducted 62 elders
from locations between Guri’el and Mataban towns in Galgudud and
Hiiraan regions respectively.
Ahmed Duale Gele, president of Galmudug State, confirmed that
the militants took the elders to Elbur town in Galgadud region,
a stronghold for the group, telling the group’s intention is to
force them to pay annual taxes (Zakawat) and bring boys to them
The al-Qaida-allied militants group has not commented yet on
the latest abduction.