Mombasa police investigate Briton over alleged Kilifi terror links

Officers depart on an operation from outside a Mombasa police station. Photo by Joseph Akwiri

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Kenyan police have said they are questioning a Briton and two Kenyans in connection to terrorism links in the coastal town of Kilifi.

The trio, Ali Abubakar Ahmed, Moses Tedi Mbigi and Michael Koech Koskey, were arrested in private car travelling to Nairobi from coastal city of Mombasa.

Local police commander David Kerina said the Briton is of Somali origin and hold a British passport. He has traveled to different countries including Somalia, Tanzania and Yemen.

The police commander added that the Kenyan authorities have contacted the British government to assist in his profiling

Kerina said the suspects are being interrogated by team of anti terrorism to establish their motive in the country, but the authorities believe they could have been planning a series of terror activities in the region.

“We have launched investigation to establish if they have any links to terrorism.

The suspects are being profiled and interrogated by detectives,” Kerina told Xinhua.

Kenya has in the past arrested and deported British citizens in the country, who later turn up to be terrorists, including slain British jihadist Thomas Evans that was killed in a military raid in Lamu County in June this year.

Other British suspects arrested in the country include Jermaine Grant, fugitive Samantha Lewthwaite and jailed terrorist Michael Adebolajo.

Kenya has been on high alert following increased threats from terror groups.

In April this year, at least 148 people were killed and scores injured after terrorists from the ‘al-Shabaab’ militant group ‘al-Shabaab’ attacked the Garissa University College in the country’s northeast region that boders Somalia.

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