Photos: Kenyan Police Arrests Suspected Islamic State Terrorists
Police in Kenya have arrested a terrorists linked to the Islamic State
terror group, whom they described as a key link in its financing as
well as human trafficking cartel.
Ali Hussein Ali, alias “The Trusted One” was arrested on March 27
together with his accomplices Ibrahim Abasheikh Mukhtar and Abdi Mohamed
Yusuf (aka Dader) in Malindi during a joint operation by Kenyan and
other security agencies.
“He played a key role in the Magafe network in facilitating the travel
of recruits from Kenya to Somalia to join ISIS in Libya as well as
facilitating illegal immigrants to entre Europe via Libya,” a statement
by the National Police Service Spokesman George Kinoti said.
“He (Ali) facilitates the transfer of money linked to an IS network and
traversed several countries including South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia,
Dubai and Libya. The money is transferred through various countries
before reaching Libya, in order to conceal the transaction trail.”
The terrorist, Mr Kinoti said, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and
entered Kenya in 2010 as a tourist, before moving to South Africa, Sudan
and finally Tripoli, Libya where he joined IS.
He then came back to Kenya in November 2016, becoming a key agent for
the terrorist organisation and the Magafe human trafficking network in
‘Ali and Mukthtar (his accomplice) houses illegal immigrants in lodges
within Eastleigh, Malindi and other areas facilitating their travel to
Syria and Europe. The immigrants travel through Kampala via Busia and
thereafter to Juba, and finally into Libya,” Mr Kinoti said.
Mr Kinoti described Mukhtar as a businessman who landed in Watamu.
“He uses his houses to accommodate the terrorists and recruits who are
waiting to be smuggled to Libya to join IS,” the statement said.
Yusuf, the other accomplice, also known as Dader, is said to be a long distance driver and a personal driver to Ali.
“He is involved in ferrying of recruits from one destination to another
and has links with ISIS and Al-Shabaab agents in Libya and Somalia,”
Mr Kinoti said.
The group, the police said, has formed an elaborate ransom seeking
cartel where recruits’ and illegal immigrants’ families are asked to
send as much as between Sh250,000 and Sh700,000.
“Security agencies have established about 10 families in Kenya are
currently being extorted to raise money to pay for ransom. Some of the
recruits, whose parents paid ransom, perished at the Mediterranean Sea
while trying to cross over to Europe,” said Mr Kinoti.
Source: Nation Kenya