Terror Suspects Arrested in Isiolo Town
Two men suspected to have connection with terrorism were on Wednesday arrested by police in Isiolo.
The suspects were confronted by the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) who searched their house and recovered bomb making materials.
Isiolo County Commissioner Mr. George Natembeya confirmed the arrest of the civilians aged below 35 years saying one of them hailed from Isiolo and another Western Kenya.
“We suspect the duo had been in a cell that is believed to have been recruiting youths to join terror groups,” said Natembeya.
He said police quizzed the suspects who have confessed that they had recruited two young men into Al-Shabaab terror group.
Mr. Natembeya revealed that the bomb making materials included iron nails, phones, flex cables and other improvised explosive devices.
“We are not certain that they had been planning any attack, but the suspects will be transferred to Nairobi for further interrogation,” said Mr. Natembeya.
He added that the duo will offer information on their counterparts who were recruiting young people in Isiolo.
The war on terrorism in Upper Eastern region received a boost last week with the government opening an Anti- Terror Police Unit (ATPU) base in Isiolo County.
The Director of Criminal Investigations Department, Ndegwa Muhoro who officiated the opening said cases of radicalization were infiltrating the region and hence the decision to open the office.
“We will be extending to Marsabit in the course of the year to make sure that we are well deployed to deal with issues of terrorism,” said the CID boss.
Muhoro said security officers had been concentrating on the Garissa-Nairobi route and there was a likelihood of terrorists diverting to other routes from their previous road.
Over 20 young men from Isiolo County are suspected to have been radicalized and could have joined Al-Shabaab.
By David Nduro