12 foreigners arrested among suspects in terror war as attacks fall, the report said

Security officers patrol and control motorists at the site where three buses traveling from Mombasa to Lamu were attacked by militants on January 3, 2020. [Gideon Maundu, Standard]

Twelve foreigners were arrested for terrorist activities last year as security agencies escalated the war against Al Shabaab.

According to a report by the Center for Human Rights and Policy Studies, the foreigners were five Pakistanis, while the others were one Egyptian, one German, one Iranian, one Somali, one Swede, one Turk and one US citizen acted.

Also arrested were 10 Kenyans and 20 other people whose nationalities were not disclosed.

According to the report, last year saw a decrease in the threat of terrorism compared to the previous year, when 69 attacks were staged. Last year, 51 attacks were recorded in which 100 people died.

“The highest number of recorded deaths were security officers. A total of 46 officers were killed in Lamu, Mandera and Wajir counties. In 2021, 34 al-Shabaab militants and 20 civilians were killed,” the report, titled Trends of Violent Extremist Attacks and Arrests in Kenya, said.

Among the dead security officers were 20 military officers, 12 police officers, eight intelligence officers, three police reservists, a Kenya Wildlife Service ranger, a community ranger and an unidentified security officer.

In 2020 and 2019, 76 and 135 people were arrested respectively.

“Mombasa and Mandera recorded the most arrests. The least were recorded in Garissa, where a terror suspect was arrested at the Kulan Trading Center with materials used to make explosives, including a battery, metal welders, various electronic devices and various cell phone accessories.”


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