Woman linked with terrorism arrested in Kenya

A woman suspected to have links with the Al-Shabaab terror group was arrested on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in Tinderet, Nandi county, Kenya’s Rift Valley.

This is after Police officers based at Soghor police station received a tip-off from patriotic locals about a 22-year-old woman who was cohabiting with a man in Kamalambu village but appeared suspicious.

The villagers’ fears were confirmed when during interrogation after being arrested, the woman told detectives that she had been in Somalia for two years after allegedly being kidnapped by members of the Alshabab terror network in Kilifi in 2019.

She confessed to having been trained on weapon handling skills, hostage-taking and the use of explosives, among other skills. The woman is said to have attended the recently concluded KDF recruitment exercise at different centres.

Anti Terror detectives have since taken over investigations into the matter and shall be grilling the suspect for more information.

“We thank members of the public in Tinderet, Nandi county, who volunteered information leading to the arrest of the suspect. This kind of mutual partnership between the public and police officers is highly encouraged since a secure nation is our collective responsibility,” said the DCI.

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