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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Kenyan police arrest 17 suspected
al-Shabab recruits in Kwale County

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 others.
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UPDATE:

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 northeast Kenya.

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 camp.

"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 different names.

"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 crisis.

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 others.

             

 

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