Canadian terror suspect arrested in Kenya en path to Somalia

NAIROBI, Kenya – Authorities in Kenya have arrested a suspected Al-Shabaab, a Canadian citizen who was allegedly within the strategy of crossing into Somalia illegally and has since been subjected to rigorous interrogation to find out his mission within the East African nation

Officers arrested Elias Abdulhamid, a Canadian citizen on the Kenya-Tanzania border close to Lunga Lunga as he tried to enter the nation. It isn’t clear what he had been doing in Tanzania till he was apprehended by the officers manning the border.

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Sleuths from the counter-terrorism division have requested the courtroom to maintain Abdulhamid for 3 weeks to research the thriller behind the suspect’s journey. Chief Justice Lilian Lewa has already given them permission to conduct thorough investigations.

Police mentioned they want extra time to completely examine the suspect, together with verifying his title, citizenship and prison historical past with INTERPOL and the Canadian authorities. It isn’t clear if the suspect has twin citizenship on condition that many Canadians are of Somali origin.

“We need more time to interrogate the defendant as we believe he has been radicalized to jihadist and extremist beliefs,” the applying mentioned.

Police mentioned his previous affiliation with terror teams led them to imagine he was nonetheless lively in militant operations.

“The latest intelligence reports indicate that the respondent was arrested in Egypt in 2019 while attempting to join the ISIS terrorist group,” police mentioned. Abdulhamid additionally tried to illegally enter the USA however was turned away.

“Abdulhamid traveled to Somalia,” Rosemary Nandi of the prosecutor’s workplace knowledgeable the courtroom. She added that Abdulhmid deliberate to affix the terrorist group Al Shabaab as a coach and finally perform terror operations in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Stories from the Kenyan police point out that the suspect was acquitted of earlier terror costs in Egypt and the USA on account of lack of proof. Nonetheless, he additionally requested the Kenyan authorities to not deport him to Canada as he’s wished for terrorist-related actions.

The courtroom in Diani, Kwale County will proceed with the listening to on January 3, 2023. The Al-Shabaab militants have suffered heavy losses within the final 4 months following a collective operation involving the Somali Nationwide Military, the US Africa Command, the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia [ATMIS]and native militia.

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