Police in Isiolo have arrested two terror suspects with bomb making materials as security agencies intensified war on crime in the region.
Isiolo County Criminal Investigations Officer David Cheruiyot and County Commissioner George Natembeya said the suspects were found with the materials in a house in the town.
One of the suspects is from Isiolo while the other is from Western Kenya.
Mr Natembeya said the suspects who are below 35 years are believed to have recruited two others to join Al-Shabaab and that the recruits were already in Somalia.
The two were nabbed by detectives on Wednesday.
Isiolo has been hit by increased radicalization with tens of youth believed to have crossed to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab.
Last week, Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro opened an Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) office in Isiolo, aimed at intensifying war on terrorism in Upper Eastern.
He said the government is set to open another branch in Moyale and Marsabit towns to counter terrorists and illegal immigration from neighbouring countries.
Mr Muhoro said cases of radicalization and violent extremism were on the rise in the region hence the government’s decision to establish an office to curb the threat.
He disclosed that terrorists were diverting routes and using the Modagashe-Garba, Tulla-Isiolo road after security was intensified along the Garissa- Nairobi highway.
“We want to make sure that all the areas used by terrorists are sealed to avoid attacks,” he said.
Mr Muhoro said although the ATPU is in the frontline on the war on terrorism, an anti -radicalization strategy by government rolled out in Coast region will be extended to Upper Eastern to curb the threat.
He called on parents, religious and political leaders to work with the government in dealing with radicalization and terrorism by monitoring activities of young people.
Source: The Nation.