Two Kenyans with Iran links ar­rested for plot­ting at­tacks

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NAIROBI: Kenyan se­cu­rity forces have ar­rested two Kenyan men with links to Iran on sus­pi­cion of plan­ning at­tacks in the East African na­tion, the In­te­rior Min­istry said yes­ter­day. The min­istry orig­i­nally iden­ti­fied both men as Ira­ni­ans, but a spokesman later said it had is­sued that de­tail in er­ror and the two men had links to Iran, not Ira­nian na­tion­al­ity. “The two men, Abubakar Sadiq Louw and Yassin Sam­bai Juma, have ad­mit­ted to con­spir­ing to mount terror at­tacks against Western tar­gets in Kenya,” the min­istry said.

It said their tar­gets in­cluded “ho­tels in Nairobi fre­quented by Western tourists and di­plo­mats.” Louw, 69, was a Kenyan pass­port holder and a prom­i­nent fig­ure in Nairobi’s Shi’ite Mus­lim com­mu­nity, the min­istry said in the state­ment. Sus­pected of work­ing on be­half of Iran’s elite mil­i­tary Qods Force, Louw re­cruited 25-year-old Juma from Nairobi, it said.

Louw told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he had ar­ranged for Juma to travel to Iran and in­tro­duced him to a Qods force con­tact, the min­istry added. In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Mwenda Njoka con­firmed to Reuters that Juma was also a Kenyan. Kenya has suf­fered from a se­ries of at­tacks by So­mali Is­lamist group al Shabaab, a Sunni Mus­lim group that has said its as­saults are aimed at driv­ing Kenyan troops and other mem­bers of an African Union force out of So­ma­lia.

There was no in­di­ca­tion of any link to the lat­est ar­rests. Two Ira­nian men were sen­tenced to life in prison by a Kenyan court in 2013 for plan­ning to carry out bomb­ings a year ear­lier in the East African coun­try. The min­istry said those two men also had links to Qods Force.

In 2014, a court or­dered an Ira­nian man and woman held un­der anti-ter­ror­ism laws to serve two years in jail or pay a fine af­ter ad­mit­ting to us­ing fake Is­raeli pass­ports to en­ter Kenya. They had been de­tained on sus­pi­cion of plan­ning an at­tack, but of­fi­cials did not say if those sus­pi­cions were laid to rest. — Reuters

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.