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16 year-old girl detained in terror probe

According to Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu, the form two student at Precious Blood Kagwe Girls High School was arrested in Juja town on Tuesday and will now be detained to help police with investigations/FILE

According to Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu, the form two student at Precious Blood Kagwe Girls High School was arrested in Juja town on Tuesday and will now be detained to help police with investigations/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 6 – Police will detain a 16-year-old girl for 10 days to investigate fears that she had disappeared from home last year to join the Al Shabaab group.

According to Prosecutor Duncan Ondimu, the form two student at Precious Blood Kagwe Girls High School was arrested in Juja town on Tuesday and will now be detained to help police with investigations.

Ondimu said investigators believe she had been radicalised after joining the terror organisation.

“She disappeared from school in June 2014 and resurfaced earlier this year, and after resurfacing insisted to be taken to a Muslim School,” he said.

He stated that she sneaked back into the country to cause the killings of innocent souls and that her associates are at large.

He said she may be charged with terrorism related offences once investigations are complete.

When asked to reply to the prosecution’s request for extended detention, she denied travelling to Somalia.

“I don’t want to be detained because I have never been to Somalia, I have only been in a school in Sigona where they teach about Islam,” she said.

While granting a 10 day extended detention order as sought by the prosecution, resident magistrate Miriam Mugure directed that special regard be accorded to the suspect who is considered a minor.

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