, MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 19 – Kenyan detectives joined by the FBI and the UK’s Scotland Yard on Tuesday raided a Madrasa in Likoni and rescued over 90 children linked to an international human trafficking and terrorism ring.
Several agencies including Interpol were involved in the highly classified operation that led to the shutdown of the Madrasa and profiling of the children.
At least 20 of the children are foreigners from the US, Britain, Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Zambia and Uganda.
Foreign agencies suspect some of children were being indoctrinated into terrorisms at the Madrasa situated within Majengo Mpya area.
They were living in poor conditions including suspected torture.
The Madrasa is registered as a rehabilitation center.
Reports indicates the UK government is investigating one case where an Islamic State returnee joined the center.
He had joined the group in Syria before he was sent back to Kenya by his parents under unclear circumstances and ended at the Madrasa.
Council of Preachers of Kenya officials denied that the Madrasa had any links to terrorism and human trafficking.
An officer in Charge of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Protection Unit said they raided the Madrasa after reports of mistreatment of the children.
The children underwent interrogation at the Coast regional police headquarters by combined team of detectives including the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit among others.
Officers leading the investigation said the foreigners will be repatriated to the countries for further monitoring and interrogation over any links to foreign terrorism organisations while Kenyans will be handed over to their families after interrogation.