University students hot targets for terror groups

Mohamed Shukri, an intern at Malindi Hospital. He was arrested on August 29, 2016 alongside his fellow intern, Abdulrazak Abdinuur, by officers from the Anti-Terror Police Unit (ATPU) on suspicion of having links to IS. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Concern is especially growing over the number of students studying medicine who have been detained on suspicion of belonging to terror groups.
  • In February, ATPU arrested Hassanaen Ahmed, a University of Nairobi biochemistry student as he was leaving the country to travel to Libya reportedly to join Isis.
  • One of the founding leaders of the armed Palestinian liberation group, Hamas, Abdel Aziz Rantisi was a paediatrician.

A surge in the number of students being arrested on suspicion of joining the Islamic State (Isis) has triggered alarm on the group’s recruitment efforts in the country.

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