KWALE (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police confirmed Tuesday the
arrest of 17 suspected al-Shabab recruits in Samburu township in
the coastal Kwale County.
John Kemboi, Kinango police
divisional police commander, said the police also recovered some
documents from the two women and 15 men aged between 18 years
and 27 years during the Sunday night raid.
Kemboi said the youths were from the coastal regions and they
had completed secondary education but could not proceed to
university due to lack of fees.
Some of them are school dropouts.
Police believe they were al-Shabab recruits awaiting to be
transported to Somalia.
They have been at the holding area for almost a month.
The owner of the house is on the run, but the agent was
arrested for questioning by the anti-terrorism police offices.
Kemboi said crucial documents seized from the raid would be
helpful in the investigations.
The Kenyan authorities have warned over rising radicalization
and its threats in the coastal region.
The arrest came amid enhanced security across the country
after al-Shabab terror group on Jan. 15 attacked a business
complex and hotel in Nairobi, killing 21 people injuring several
Kenyan police arrest 12
terror suspects at refugee camp
GARISSA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Tuesday they are interrogating 12 terror
suspects who were rounded up at the Dadaab refugee camp in
A security officer in Dadaab confirmed the arrest, saying the
12 were nabbed during a security crackdown on the refugee camp
that is mostly settled by refugees from neighboring Somalia.
Joseph Boinnet, inspector general of National Police Service,
said the suspects were found to have entered the camp illegally
and would be questioned by the anti-terror police.
"Twelve terror suspects have been arrested in Dadaab refugee
"We suspect they could be terrorists," said Boinnet without
giving details of the suspects.
He said one of the suspects has two New Zealand passports in
"We don’t know the motive for now but investigations are
ongoing," said Boinnet.
The police said the suspects have not registered officially
as refugees to warrant their stay at the camp, noting that they
believe they could have ulterior motives.
Kenya, which hosted protracted negotiations that culminated
in the formation of the transitional federal government of
Somalia, said the refugee situation continues to pose security
threats to Nairobi and the region, apart from the humanitarian
The east African nation, which has been planning to close the
Dadaab refugee camp, has cited the influence of terror group al-Shabab
as among the risks of keeping the camps open.
The arrest came amid enhanced security in the country after
al-Shabab terrorists stormed a hotel and business complex in
Nairobi on Jan. 15, killing 21 people and injuring several