29 linked to Al-Shabaab Arrested in Lamu

Over 29 terror suspects have been arrested in Lamu County within the past four months.

County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the suspects include eighteen Tanzanians, two Uganda, two Comoros, two Rwandese and seven Armenians.

Kanyiri said the suspects were arrested while on transit in April this year on their way to Somalia in Lamu’s mainland area of Hindi.

Speaking during a National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) stakeholder forum held at Mwanarafa building, Kanyiri stated that the county’s joint security agents were working around the clock to curb terrorist movements and possible attacks in the county.

He divulged that in connection with the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) case that exploded killing eight border unit police officers, one person had so far been arrested at the place where the attack occurred with possible plans of planting another explosive in the area.

Kanyiri noted that those joining Al-Shabaab had resorted to using Lamu as a transit point due to the forest terrain that made for undetectable movement.

He confirmed that security agents were aware of at least 120 returnees who were back from Somalia.

The issue of returnees is a disturbing prospect as it is difficult to know who has genuinely left the proscribed group from those who are doing surveillance prior to planning for a terror attack, Kanyiri stated.

Some of the 120 returnees are in Lamu and security agents have to keep vigil against any possible attack yet the problem is they are always hidden by their relatives, the County Commissioner stated.

He said Lamu gained a bad reputation when key Al-Shabaab recruiter and operator Fazul Abdullah Mohammed settled in the county and resorted to recruiting impressionable youths whom he took advantage of to radicalize.

Source: Kenya News Agency