Kenya arrests 2 suspected ISIS recruits deported from Turkey

2017-02-19 09:02
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nairobi - Kenyan police have arrested two Kenyans who were deported from Turkey on suspicion of training with the Islamic State organisation in neighbouring Syria, officials said on Saturday.

Philip Tuimur, the regional police boss for Kenya's coastal region, said the man and woman were under investigation for joining a banned group, which is a criminal offense. They were arrested in the coastal city of Mombasa.

Kenya has been struggling to contain the recruitment of youth by extremist groups, particularly in its coastal region with its Muslim-majority population and high unemployment. Authorities fear that the Islamic State group is trying to establish a presence in East Africa's biggest economy and telecommunications and transport hub.

Dozens of young Kenyans have travelled to Syria and Libya to join the extremist group, according to police.

A senior police source who insisted on anonymity because the source was not authorized to discuss the latest case said the two Kenyans were arrested by Turkish authorities while entering from Syria in November after going for training with the IS group.

Last year, three women in their 20s assaulted a Kenyan police station on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State, according to Kenyan authorities.

In a separate case, four medics face extremism-related charges after being accused of plotting an anthrax attack under the supervision of Islamic State handlers.

Al-Qaeda has long had a presence in Kenya through its affiliation with the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabaab, which has carried out deadly attacks inside Kenya while claiming retaliation for Kenyan military involvement in combating the extremist group.

Hundreds of Kenyan youth make up al-Shabab's largest contingent of foreign fighters.

Read more on:    isis  |  turkey  |  kenya  |  east africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.