Terrorist presence has taken a worrisome turn
in Kenya. Last week, Kenyan police foiled a large-scale biological attack using
anthrax that was planned to take place on April 29th by a network of
medical students and experts tied with ISIS. The police arrested the key
suspect, medical intern at the Wote Hospital in Makueni county Mohammed Abdi
Ali, his wife and a related woman, and placed a bounty on his two alleged
accomplices – Ahmed Hist and Farah Dagane, two medical interns in Kitale.
The Inspector General of the Kenyan police,
Joseph Boinett, confirmed that Ali belonged to an “East African terror group that has links to ISIL” which had been radicalizing, recruiting and facilitating Kenyan youth
and university students to leave the country to join terrorist cells in Syria
and Libya. The name of the terror network remains obscure, but according to
Boinett’s statements, its reach extends well beyond Kenya and into Somalia and
Also last week, the Kenyan government announced
the construction of a 435-mile-long wall along its northwestern border with Somalia to curb the flow of terrorists – mostly al-Shabaab affiliates –
entering or leaving the country. Unfortunately, a wall to
protect against cross-border and cross-continental threats cannot make up for
deficiencies in cross-border cooperation.
“In a statement, the police said Mohammed Abdi Ali, a
medical intern at a Kenyan hospital, was in charge of a "terror network...
planning large-scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack" in which 67 people were killed in 2013 in Kenya's
capital, Nairobi. […]
statement from Kenya's police chief Joseph Boinnet described the arrests as
being linked to "a terror plot by an East African terror group network
that has links to Isil (Islamic State)".
there is no detail as to the group's name, nor evidence for its affiliation to
group calling itself Jahba East Africa has recently emerged and pledged allegiance
to IS, but it is not known if they are connected to the "foiled terror
plot", as police described it.”