22-year-old suspected terrorist arrested in Nandi


22-year-old suspected terrorist arrested in Nandi

Police in Nandi arrested a female terror suspect on Tuesday, November 30, who they say admitted to having had links to the dreaded Al Shabaab militant group.

According to a police OB report number 27/30/11/2021 filed at Songhor police station in Tindiret sub-county, the 22-year-old Sheril Vugusta Lodenyo was arrested at Kamalambu village in Songhor ward following a tip-off from members of the public.

Sheril, who hails from Chavakali in Vihiga county, told the police that indeed she had links with the Al Shabaab group who she says kidnapped her in 2019 and trained her on conducting their illegal operations.

{Al Shabaab militants. Image: Courtesy}

” …On interrogation, the suspect confessed to having undergone training on weapon handling, Kidnapping, Robberies and the use of explosives for two years with Alshabaab after being allegedly kidnapped from Kilifi County in 2019,” the Police OB report reads in part.

The suspect, who was cohabiting with her boyfriend, is said to have later escaped from the death-dealing terror group after which she retreated to her rural home in Vihiga before moving in with her boyfriend in the Nandi village.

“The suspect alleged to have escaped through Lamu/Mombasa and headed to her home county where she allegedly stayed until August 2021 and later to Kamalambu to date. Information received is that she has been attending recent KDF recruiting centres. Motive yet to be established,”

The suspect was taken to Kapsabet police station for detention before being moved to Eldoret where the Anti Terror Police Unit (ATPU) will pick her from for further processing.

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