Kenya’s anti terrorism police say they are interrogating three women who they suspect were heading to neighbouring Somalia to join the ‘al-Shabaab’ militant group.
The three, Nargis Arafat Gulam, Mwanajuma Mweru Tayari and Saumu Ali Athman, were to travel to Garrisa town to meet a point person who was to facilitate their movement to Somalia, police said Wednesday.
A court in the coastal city of Mombasa has given police 30 days for investigation.
The three were arrested at a weigh bridge in Mombasa on their way to Garrisa in northeastern Kenya, according to the court document.
“They were in possession of a laptop, mobile phones, surveillance pen, military boots among other accessories they were to use to commit terrorism activities,” read the documents.
An unnamed senior anti-terrorism police officer told Xinhua they intercepted the suspects’ communication and found they were talking to someone in Somalia.
They also had communication with London, he further revealed.
“We have evidence that it’s a wide terrorism network that involves relatives operating between Kenya, Somalia and London,” he said.
In March, the military arrested three young women, two Kenyans and a Tanzanian, at the a border point as they tried to cross to Somalia.
The three, who are held in prison, allegedly planned to go to Iraq and Syria to become Jihadist brides through Somalia