Kenyan military officers arrested three young women at the El Wak border point as they tried to cross to Somalia. The three women are Al Shabaab sympathizers and were on reroute to Iraq and Syria through Mogadishu. The three, two Kenyans and a Tanzanian are said to have been recruited on social media and were looking to become Jihadist brides.
Families of the two girls released statement through a human rights group, Haki Africa revealing that their daughters had been missing for several days and indicating their arrest in Wajir by the military.
The Kenyan girls are students at universities in Mombasa while the Tanzanian is said to have a scholarship at Khartoum International University in Sudan.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa identified the girls as Kenyans, Khadija Abubakar and Mariam Saad and Tanzanian Ummul Khayr Abdullah. Of the three arrested, two have a background in a medical field.
The young women were aged between 19 and 21 years and with their background in medical fields they fit in the recent bracket from which the jihadists are recruiting from. The trend has pretty evident seeing the number of the injured jihadists is increasing by the day and they require in-house treatment that can only be provided by their own.
This is a clear of the effectiveness of joint intelligence effort of Kenya and Tanzania who have been trailing the three girls for a while before finally arresting them.