Three Kenyans and a Somali refugee have been arrested in South Sudan on their way to Libya. The four are believed to be part of ISIS.
Said Ahmed Dabow, Adan Sheikh, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed and Somali national Abdiqani Abdishakur Shobaywere were arrested by South Sudanese security officers while seeking facilitation to travel to Libya.
They were arrested following an intensive operation between security agents across the East African region. Police are now pursuing two Kenyan suspects Ali Hussein Ali and Ibrahim Abasheikh believed to be recruiting Kenyan youths on behalf of ISIS.
The four have been working together with Mohamed Dahir, ”a notorious criminal who has since escaped the police dragnet. Dahir works in cahoots with others in the infamous Magafe network based in Libya in facilitating both terrorist suspects en-route to Libya and economic immigrants,” according to police.
Police say the four men were arrested together with another group of young men who are believed to have been waiting for facilitation to travel to Libya through South Sudan.
Kenyan security agencies have issued a stern warning to members of the public, “to be wary of phony human traffickers who dangle the lure of the so-called ‘good life’ in Europe to brainwash young people into embarking on the treacherous journey through the Sahara Desert.”
Meanwhile, the police are closely following the trails of Nicholas Karanja Mwangi alias Said Mwangi, “an ISIS recruiter and radicaliser who is currently on the run.”
“With the growing number of youths getting lured into none existent opportunities in Libya and Syria, it’s only prudent for parents and guardians to be extra vigilant and to continuously monitor movements of youth under their care,” police have advised.
“In the case of those missing or not communicating for long periods of time, it’s important for such cases to be availed to the authorities so as they may be traced by the relevant security agencies.”
Tens of Kenyan youths are believed to have already joined the ISIS terror group among them university students.
According to security agencies, tens of families are currently being extorted to raise money to pay ransom.
Some of the recruits are said to have perished in the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Europe.