, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Police have arrested two Kenyans recruited in an Iranian spy ring in a bid to mount terror attacks in the country.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Saturday said the suspects Abubakar Sadiq Louw (69) and Yassin Sambai Juma (25) were targeting western and local interests in Nairobi and other parts of the country.
Boinnet said other than radicalizing youths who include students, the two had been directed on the areas they should attack during their frequent visits in Iran.
“We have irrefutable evidence that they have been recruited to an Iranian spy ring,” he asserted.
The IG who was addressing journalists at his Jogoo House offices warned that the National Police Service will not tolerate, “subversive activity on our soil.”
“We will work relentlessly until we uproot and foil the intentions of that kind of network mounted by foreign power.”
Sadiq, the IG said had been recruited a number of years ago “and had been instructed to recruit other Kenyans in the network.”
He said Juma is one of Sadiq’s recruits while citing July 2012 arrest of two suspects in Mombasa where they seized 12kg of explosives called RDX.
Last month, he noted that one of the suspects had travelled to Iran where he met his handler, “where Juma was tutored to operational trade craft that include counter surveillance and counter interrogation techniques.”
According to police, Juma was also instructed on how to operate within the country, “and how to arrange meetings with their handlers in certain capitals of this region.”
He said the police service will remain watchful until all terror networks which he says are mounted by foreign powers are uprooted and their intentions foiled.
“We appeal to Kenyan people to remain watchful and to continue cooperating with us, as we work to defend and protect our country. We do not have another one.”
This comes a day after the IG sounded an alarm over stolen Diplomatic vehicle number plates, with fears they may be used to commit terrorism.
Citing Somalia where terrorists used Diplomatic number plates on vehicles to access their target, Boinnet now wants police officers to thoroughly screen red-plated vehicles.
“Vehicles bearing such registrations should be stopped with a lot of caution, be detained and occupants interrogated,” he directed.
In a statement read by Kenya Police spokesman Charles Owino to journalists, Boinnet urged all foreign missions and embassies to report any loss or theft of vehicle number plates to police immediately.
“Foreign affairs will get in touch with the Foreign Missions and Embassies within the laid down diplomatic protocols in order to seek their co-operation in this demanding exercise of searching all vehicles before they access certain areas or at road blocks and lock ups,” he said.
He also ordered police officers to thoroughly screen vehicles with GK number plates, since they can be used by terrorists for easy access to areas.
The two diplomatic plates are 45 UN 177K AND 45 UN 130 K.
He said police presence and surveillance will continue to be heightened in all parts of the country.