During their search for directions to the main Kenyan-Somali border, six other foreign nationals were detained in Garissa. According to the authorities, the six individuals planned to travel to Somalia and join the terrorist organization al-Shabaab. Hassan Tourabih Kintosa, a Ugandan national; Muhamed Jahad Farah; Saad Suleiman Saleh; Nadrik Mbwana Salum; Abdul Kadir Salum Seif; and Ali Issa Ali were all Tanzanian nationals; and Muhamed Jahad Farah was a Ugandan national. The police were able to identify the six individuals.
During their interrogation, the six individuals revealed that they had been recruited and helped along their route to join al Shabaab by their handlers, who were originally from Tanzania and Uganda. According to the officials, security agents in Garissa who had been given information about their whereabouts were able to locate and apprehend the suspects.
On Friday, they were being investigated as prospective suspects in a criminal case. After another arrest of three Tanzanian nationals at Korakora, Garissa, namely Abdul Saif Salimu, Zuberi Ngare Mtondoo, and Seif Abdalla Juma, who were taken into custody shortly after the public reported their presence in the region, these arrests have taken place barely two weeks later. Abdirahman Shaffi Mkwatili, 25, and Sadam Jafari Kitia, 30, both Tanzanians, were apprehended on July 12 with a notebook scribbled in Swahili that they were using to direct their passage from Tanzania to Jilib, according to the officials. The notebook was found in their hands when they were apprehended.
The locals in the North are now more open and free to share information with the local authorities as a result of the successful collaboration between security services and the local populace in the North. John Otieno, the regional commissioner, encouraged members of the public to continue sharing information with appropriate security authorities. “Members of the public are encouraged to continue sharing information with relevant security agencies.”
In addition, the locals have been admonished to maintain a heightened state of vigilance at all times and to immediately report to the authorities any suspicious actions, people, or bags that are left unattended. The police have stated that they have noticed a trend with recruits traveling to join either al Shabaab or Daesh, and that trend is that the recruits are provided with travel plans to prevent communications while they are on the way, as well as to avoid questioning people about the route in order to avoid arousing suspicion.
In addition, the security services warned drivers of public service vehicles to remain vigilant and to communicate any relevant information regarding the movements of potentially dangerous foreigners. The ongoing fight against terrorism that the security agencies are waging “continues to thwart the recruitment and facilitation of recruits destined for Somalia to join al-Shabaab,” according to a police report.
Recently, as a result of heightened surveillance and investigations by government security agencies, a number of young people who were traveling to Somalia to join terrorist groups and cells have been swiftly apprehended. Officials claim that a number of the foreigners who join terrorist organizations are then utilized as suicide bombers in a variety of settings. In the past, Kenya has been the target of similar attacks, which resulted in the deaths of a great number of people.