UK and Kenya talks held as 3 held over Islamic State anthrax attack plot

UK / Kenya Security Meeting
UK and Kenyan security dialogue. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

Today, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey joined with colleagues and Kenyan counterparts for a security dialogue aiming to strengthening work on shared threats of terrorism and extremism.

The talks were taking place the day after police revealed they had arrested three suspected Islamic State members who they believe were planning a large-scale terrorist attack plot in the Kenya using anthrax.

The alleged leader of the group, Mohammed Abdi Ali, a medical student at Wote Hospital in Makueni County, is being held in custody for 30 days to give investigators time to gather further evidence.

Two suspected accomplices, Ali’s Kampala International University medical intern wife, Nuseiba Mohammed Haji, and another woman, Fatuma Mohammed Hanshi, were both arrested in Uganda.

Two other suspects, Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagne, who are also medics, evaded arrest and on the run in Kenya.

Anthrax terror suspects
Terror suspects (top left-right): Mohamed Abdi Ali (arrested), Ahmed Hish (fugitive), Farah Dagane (fugitive), Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatima Mohammed Hanshi (both in custody in Uganda)

According to Kenya’s police chief, Joseph Bonnet, the three arrested on Friday are accused of planning large-scale attacks using anthrax, which is a bacteria that can sicken or kill people.

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Ahmed HishMr Boinnet also revealed that the terror network linked to Mohammed Abdi Ali had been actively engaged in the radicalisation and recruitment of university students along with other Kenyan youth into terrorism networks and facilitating them secretly leaving Kenya to join terror groups in Libya and Syria.

This network within Kenya spread as far as the Coast Region, North Rift Region and Western Regions.

Ali’s links to the co-called Islamic State were confirmed by foreign intelligence sources, but they said he was more likely involved in recruitment rather than in plotting an attack in Kenya.