Militant With Links To IS, al-Shabaab Arrested

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya President

Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya President

Kenya has arrested a suspected militant with links to the Islamic State and al-Shabaab terrorist networks, the police said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“Ali Hussein Ali, a Somali national nicknamed the “trusted one,” has been on the East African nation’s “most-wanted” list and was allegedly involved in human trafficking and terrorism financing,’’ the police said.

Ali was arrested together with two accomplices in the eastern town of Malindi.

He had played a key role in moving Islamic State recruits from Kenya and Somalia to Libya and trafficked illegal immigrants to Europe via Libya, the police said.

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He also facilitated money transfers on behalf of Islamic State, the statement read.

Kenyan troops form part of a 22,000-strong African Union contingent helping Somalia battle militant group al-Shabaab, which has launched attacks in Kenya as well.

In mid-2016, police arrested two Islamic State members in Kenya, shortly after a breakaway faction of al-Shabaab joined the terrorist group.