Kenya holds 3 women for 'trying' to join extremists

2015-09-16 22:16
Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

Al-Shabaab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises in Somalia. (Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP/File)

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Nairobi - A court in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa has authorized police to detain three women for 30 days as detectives investigate allegations they tried to join the Somali Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab.

Magistrate Diana Mochache said the women could be held while police carry out investigations. Court documents said when the three suspects were arrested on Wednesday they possessed a laptop, mobile phones, military boots, surveillance equipment and other devices.

Kenya, which has a border with Somalia, has been attacked many times by al-Shabaab, which opposes Kenya's military involvement in the Horn of Africa nation.

In April al-Shabaab attacked a college campus in northeastern Kenya, killing at least 148 people.

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