2 medical students with links to ISIL arrested in Malindi

August 29, 2016 5:51 pm
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Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Monday told Capital News that police were aware of the new strategy by terror groups, “of widening their scope in recruiting new members/FILE
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Monday told Capital News that police were aware of the new strategy by terror groups, “of widening their scope in recruiting new members/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Two terror suspects with links to ISIL are in police custody, after they were arrested while in the process of acquiring fake documents that would have facilitated their escape to Somalia.

One of the suspects Mohamed Shukri Yerrow is a medical intern at Malindi Sub-County hospital according to detectives and was arrested alongside his associate Abdulrazak Abdinuur, who is believed to be part of ISIL recruiting network.

The two according to detectives studied medicine at a university in Eastern Europe and were currently living together in a hideout in Malindi from where they were arrested.

Initial investigations indicate that the two have been on police watch though they were, “evading police dragnet.”

The report further indicates that they were planning to relocate to Puntland in Somalia, where they would have joined the ISIL cell operating in the terror ridden Somalia.

The ISIL cell in Somalia is led by Sheikh Muumin.

The arrest of the two comes two months after the arrest of another medical Intern Mohamed Ali Abdi in Wote hospital Makueni County for conducting clandestine online recruitment to ISIL.

There is growing concern that ISIS/ISIL is targeting young Kenyans particularly, “graduates in different fields such as medicine, engineering, computer science for recruitment into the evil terror activities.”

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Monday told Capital News that police were aware of the new strategy by terror groups, “of widening their scope in recruiting new members.”

The IG said security agencies were on high alert to ensure the terror groups are not successful in their mission.

Though the trend has been lately increased, on February 28, Kenya’s anti-terrorism police have arrested a university student who was travelling to Libya to join terror group ISIS through Sudan.

The student according to police had used part of his school fees to buy his ticket.

He had just completed his first year studying biochemistry at the University of Nairobi.

He was under police watch and was arrested as he left for the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Investigations have revealed that the student was lured into joining the terror group by an online recruiter who promised him a high paying job.

Police have intensified investigations in a bid to unearth the syndicate believed to be luring Kenyan students into joining terror groups on the promise of a “good life.”
There has been an upsurge of university students dropping out to join extremist groups in Libya and the Middle East.

Two students from the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University disappeared from their homes in the South C Estate, Nairobi early last year.

The students later called their relatives, “asking them not to worry since they are in Syria.”

Also on the list is a former University of Nairobi Law student and a banker who led Al Shabaab militants in killing 148 people at Garissa University College last year.

Mohammed Abdirahim Abdullahi was among four terrorists who were killed by the police during the attack.

The government has embarked on a major de-radicalisation programme and urged dozens of youths who had joined the terror group to surrender.

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