Iranian national linked to terrorist activities in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya – An Iranian national has been linked to terrorist activity in Kenya, a report filed by the security agencies of the East African country confirmed, adding that the suspect’s network also extends across borders.
Mohammed Saeid Golabi is said to have carried out terrorist activities in Kenya and other neighboring countries, with travel documents showing he frequented Nairobi and other neighboring areas. It targets both Kenyan and Israeli companies.
Multiple police sources told The Star that they were monitoring the terrorist activities of Golabi and some of his local associates and that they were convinced there was a link between him and the terrorist activities.
“We have profiled him and his contacts over time. We have enough reason to believe that he worked with these terrorist groups, ”said a senior official with the Counter-Terrorism Police Unit.
Golabi is believed to be an Iranian intelligence officer and works with a team of Kenyans to gather intelligence against both private and public institutions with the aim of attacking them.
The Iranian government made no immediate comment.
The security report, seen by the Star, comes against the backdrop of increased security operations in the country following the recent escape from Kamiti maximum security prison by three convicted terrorists, Musharaf Abdalla, Joseph Juma Odhiambo and Mohamed Ali Abikar.
The three fugitives were picked up on their way to Somalia to join the Somalia-based terrorist group Al-Shabaab.
Recently, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on security agencies to step up surveillance and other security operations to protect the country from external and internal threats.
“We have stepped up our operations and investigations on some of the leads we have. We are constantly on the lookout as we have already been attacked, ”said DCI boss George Kinoti.
In 2012, two Iranians were charged with preparation to commit a crime and possession of explosives without a permit. Court documents said the couple drove security guards 15kg of RDX explosives hidden in a golf club in Mombasa.
The suspects, Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi, both denied the charges, said they had been wrongfully accused and alleged that the police tortured them, according to court transcripts.
In 2015, Kenyan security agencies arrested two terrorism suspects with suspected ties to Iran, claiming the two had admitted to plotting attacks against Western targets. Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, and Yassin Sambai Juma, 25, have been charged with terrorism and espionage on behalf of Iranian intelligence services.
The security report further states that increased counterterrorism efforts by Kenyan security agencies have eroded operational spaces for local criminal elements with ties to al Shabaab and other terrorist operatives.
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