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The two youths are believed to be trained assassins involved in the killing of other prominent people, according to an affidavit presented to court in Nairobi, where the Kenya government sought an extension in detention time to conclude investigations on the matter.

Uganda Police has denied knowledge of the two Ugandan youths arrested in Nairobi, Kenya over alleged links to a syndicate recruiting youth to join ISIS terror group.

Initial reports indicated that Lukwiya Malcolm, 20, and Emmanuel Oneka, 24, were arrested in a hideout in Kabete, Nairobi on Wednesday, July 1, after allegedly sneaking into the country.

The two youths are believed to be trained assassins involved in the killing of other prominent people, according to an affidavit presented to court in Nairobi, where the Kenyan government sought an extension in detention time to conclude investigations on the matter.

Kenya's Daily Nation reports that Police said the two left Uganda following the killing of a top Muslim cleric Sheikh Hassan Kirya on Tuesday. Sheik Kirya was shot dead in Bweyogerere on Tuesday evening by unknown assailants riding on a motorcycle. He becomes the fourth Muslim cleric to be killed in a similar manner over the last six months.

An affidavit presented in court shows that; "The first suspect arrived from Uganda and hid in a rented house in Lower Kabete fearing arrest after his accomplice was arrested," the affidavit stated.

This was in reference to another suspect, Ssenabulya Rajab, a fighter linked to the Allied Democratic Front, who was arrested in connection with the killing of Sheik Hassan Kirya.

Kenyan Police said that an analysis of their phone call data revealed that they have been in constant communication with two known recruiters hiding in Tanzania and Sudan.

"The suspects are connected with a syndicate that is recruiting youth in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania who then go to Syria to join ISIS. They are connected with one Sebit, a Ugandan who is in Juba, South Sudan, a known recruiter who has been in constant contact with them," Kenyan Media quoted Sergeant Ezekiel Luley of the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU).

Based on the call data extractions, the Kenya police also linked the suspects to a one Ali, a known recruiter of the ISIS based in Bukoba, Tanzania.

The affidavit stated further that Oneka's mother is a Kenyan, now living in Lebanon. He added that the two; are a "security risk" and a threat to the public, owing to their alleged connection to ISIS recruiters.

But Ugandan Police spokesperson Fred Enanga says counterparts in Kenya have not informed Uganda of any arrest of its nationals.

Enanga adds that without the information, it is hard to conclude that the suspects are Ugandans or persons whose activities can be linked to shootings in Uganda.