Kenya: Police Says 2 ISIS Suspects Arrested, Attacks Foiled
Police in Kenya say they have arrested two ISIS suspects in the country’s capital, foiling attacks allegedly planned for Nairobi and Mombassa.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett on Wednesday identified the two as Kiguzo Mwangolo Mgutu and Abubakar Jillo Mohammed, who were arrested at their Kangemi home on Tuesday.
Explosive materials recovered
The police general also revealed that materials commonly used to build Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were recovered from their property. The police believe the pair were planning to use the explosives in two separate attacks – one in the capital Nairobi and another in the coastal city of Mombassa.
The two suspects are said to have been recruited into ISIS at the Kangemi Mosque by a man called Mohammed Abdi Ali. Mr Boinett says members of Ali’s network have been planning retaliatory attacks since he was arrested in April. The medical intern is believed to have a large network of radicalised members across Kenya, Somalia, Libya and Syria.
Links to Jabha East Africa document
The two arrested on Tuesday are among the authors of a document circulating online, which cites the establishment of Jabha East Africa. The new militant group has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), giving Somalia, Kenya and surrounding countries a new organisation to worry about.
Jabha East Africa is believed to include a number of former Al-Shabaab fighters who decided to switch allegiance from Al-Qaeda to ISIS. Mr Boinett advised the public to be extra vigilant on public transport and other public places for people acting suspiciously.
The recruitment of Kenyans into militant groups is a grave concern for the country, given its harsh record of suffering attacks at the hands of Al-Shabaab. The two suspects arrested on Tuesday were described as individuals who led a simple life but were able to plan attacks without their parents’ knowledge.
“We therefore call upon parents and guardians to be vigilant and make efforts to understand the activities of their children. We also urge them to know who their children’s friends are and the influence they are exposed to,” Mr Boinett said.
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