Highly Trained Al-Shabaab Woman Arrested Few Days After Trying to Join KDF Through Recruitmen

A 22-year-old woman was on Tuesday arrested in Nandi County over links to terrorism operatives.

The suspect who claimed to have been allegedly kidnapped from Kilifi County two years ago, was apprehended following a tip off from the members of the public, according to a police report.

“Today (Tuesday) at around 1730hrs following an information from the members of the public, on 29/11/2021 that there was an alleged suspected terrorist at Kamalambu village in Songhor ward M/R YQ 542978 North East of the Station about 10kms. Police rushed to Kamalambu village and managed to arrest one SHERIL VUGUSTA LODENYO a luhya female adult aged 22yrs of ID/no. 37000146 of Vihiga County, Chavakali,” the police said.

The police said that upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to have undergone training on weapon handling, kidnapping, robberies and use of explosives with Al-Shabaab following her alleged abduction in 2019.

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 in Nandi where she was residing until the time of her arrest.

Police stated that preliminary information received indicated that the suspect had been to numerous Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruitment centers with yet to be established intentions.

“Information received is that she has been attending recent KDF recruiting centers. Motive yet to be established. The suspect is being escorted to Kapsabet Police Station awaiting collection by Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) Eldoret,” police said.

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