In a shocking and concerning development, news has emerged that three Kenyan nationals have been arrested on suspicion of planning to join the IS-Somalia militants in Puntland. The individuals in question have been identified as Ayub Bwanaadi (32), Mohammed Bwanaadi (22), and Kassim Ahmed (29), with the former two being brothers. The trio was taken into custody by the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) while on a bus bound for Moyale on April 7th. Police have revealed that the men were wanted for a series of crimes in Lamu County, but had been on the run prior to their arrest. They are due to stand trial on Thursday, and police are currently trying to trace the group’s facilitator, who is believed to be operating in Puntland. The IS has long been trying to expand its influence across the Horn of Africa, with Somalia serving as a key location for the group. However, they face strong competition from rival group Al-Shabaab, who have often thwarted their attempts to make inroads into the region.