Kenya arrests two Iranian-linked men for plotting attacks

Kenyan police arrest two men linked to alleged Iranian plot to attack Western targets in Nairobi

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

Kenya arrests two men with links to Iran for plotting attacks

According to a statement by the Kenyan Interior Ministry, security forces arrested two men with links to Iran for planning terror attacks in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Initially, the ministry said the two men were identified as Iranians, but later a spokesman from the ministry said they were not Iranian nationals, just linked to Iran.

"The two men, Abubakar Sadiq Louw and Yassin Sambai Juma, have admitted to conspiring to mount terror attacks against Western targets in Kenya," the ministry said.

Their targets included "hotels in Nairobi frequented by Western tourists and diplomats" the ministry added.

According to the Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka’s statements, both Juma and Louw are Kenyans.

"We have irrefutable evidence they were recruited into an Iranian spying ring," Police Chief Joseph Boinett told reporters according to AFP.

"The mission of that ring was to mount terror attacks in this city, not only targeting Western interests but targeting our people as well”, he added.

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