A Mandera Court on Tuesday October 6th granted the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) orders to detain 12 Islamic clerics for an additional 5 days as they conduct a thorough investigation.
The 12 have are purportedly responsible for radicalizing and recruiting youth of Mandera county into Al Qaeda affiliated terror group; Harakat al Shabaab al Mujahedeen.
12 Islamic clerics were arrested on October 4th in Mandera County for purportedly radicalizing and recruiting youth in the county into al Shabaab by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.
The 12 were aligned in a Mandera court on October 7th where the ATPU sought to retain the suspects in police custody for an additional 14 days but the court ruled allowing 5 more days in police custody. The case will be mentioned on October 12th.
The collaboration of all government agencies in implementing the Terrorism Act has ensured that suspected terrorist arrested are thoroughly investigation with no violation of their constitutional rights.
The suspects were arrested in a mosque in Hareri Lafey Sub-County, which has been ear-marked by the police as one of most notorious areas of Mandera County with al Shabaab activities among them the dreadful Mandera bus killings.
The 12 include; Yusuf Maalim Ahmed, Ahmed Sheikh Mohamed, Mohamed Hassan Osman, Abdi Mohamed Ahmed, Abdiaziz Hassan Isaack, Abdi Adan Elmi, Adan Ibrahim Issack, Osman Abdullahi Mude, Ahmed Abdi Mohamed, Ahmed Noor Adan and Mohamed Ahmed Sheikh.
The ATPU has put on the radar Muslim clerics in Kenya’s north Eastern and coastal region as a precautionary measure of curbing and arresting individual responsible for the radicalization and recruitment of youths in the country.