Event: On Saturday 16 May, 2015, detectives from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) arrested a man believed to be recruiting youths in Mombasa and all over the country to join the Somali based terrorist group Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen.
The 45 years old man, whose name has been held for intelligence reasons is believed to have been funding and recruiting youths to join the Al-Qaeda linked terror group under the group known as Likoni Community Development Sacco that was registered last year, to which he is the chair, and which police in the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit believe has been used to recruit youths to join the Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen group.
Anti-Terrorism Police Unit Crackdown on terrorism
The Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) is a unit of the Kenya police who deal with arrests and investigations on terrorism and cross border crimes.
The ATPU works on intelligence in co-ordination with the Kenya police to conduct arrests and investigations into crimes.
Recent operations that the Kenyan government launched as crackdown on terrorists have culminated into arrests both in the country and also at the Kenyan border with Somalia especially of people trying to leave the country to join Al Shabaab in Somalia and also of the Al Shabaab financiers and recruiters in the country.
Early this month, the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit arrested sixteen Muslim clerics who the police unit believed had links with Somalia’s Al-Shabaab militant group in a mosque in Marsabit County, after being tipped off by residents in Marsabit County.