ISIL affiliate’s ‘large-scale’ anthrax attack foiled in Kenya

Special to WorldTribune.com

Authorities in Kenya say they have foiled a “large scale biological terrorist attack.”

Kenyan police arrested three members of an affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) who were allegedly planning to use anthrax in an attack in Kenya.

From left, Mohammed Abdi Ali, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi have been arrested. /Kenya National Police Service
From left, Mohammed Abdi Ali, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi have been arrested. /Kenya National Police Service

The three arrested, married medical students Mohammed Abdi Ali and Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi, are part of “an East Africa terror group network that has links to ISIL,” according to Kenya police chief Joseph Boinnet.

“Ali has been engaged in the active radicalization, recruitment of university students and other Kenyan youth into terrorism networks,” a police statement said. He also “has been facilitating Kenyan youths to secretly leave Kenya to join terror groups in Libya and Syria.”

Ali, from Wote, southeast of the capital Nairobi, was arrested in Kenya and is being held in custody for 30 days while investigators gather further evidence. His two female alleged accomplices were arrested in Uganda.

Police said two other suspects, Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagne, also medics, are on the run in Kenya, with police offering $20,000 on wanted notices for each man.

Kenyan police compared the group’s alleged plots, biological and otherwise, to the 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi in which four gunmen from the East African Al Qaida affiliate, Al Shebab, killed at least 67 people.

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