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Kenya arrests ISIS-linked Somali students in Malindi raid

By Jeff Mwaura

NAIROBI – Police in the Kenyan resort town of Malindi have arrested two students linked to the so-called Islamic State group who were allegedly planning to cross into Somalia, police said Monday.

The two suspects Mohamed Shukri Yerrow, a medical intern at Malindi Sub-County hospital and his associate Abdulrazak Abdinuur, were arrested in a raid on a house in Malindi in which the two lived.

Police detectives told Alleastafrica news agency that the two who studied in Europe have been in process of acquiring fake documents to travel to Puntland, a region in northern Somalia to join an ISIS affiliate group before they were arrested.

The development comes amid concerns of ISIS efforts to recruit young Kenyans to join their ranks raised by security officials.

Kenya is currently struggling to contain a deadly insurgency by the Somalia-based al-Shabab group which remains a major security threat for the East African nation.


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