Uganda Police Joins Hunt for ISIS-Linked Medical Interns

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The suspects Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane are believed to be accomplices to Mohammed Abdi Ali who was arrested in Kenya and Kampala International University students Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatumah Mohammed Hanshi who were arrested in Uganda last week.

The Directorate of Counter Terrorism is searching for two suspected bio-terrorists who reportedly entered Uganda through the Busia boarder after escaping from Kenya last week.

The suspects Ahmed Hish and Farah Dagane are believed to be accomplices to Mohammed Abdi Ali who was arrested in Kenya and Kampala International University students Nuseiba Mohammed Haji and Fatumah Mohammed Hanshi who were arrested in Uganda last week.

Kenyan Police has put a bounty of 2 million Kenya Shillings (60million Uganda Shillings) for information that may lead to the arrest of the two suspects whom, according to warrants issued in Kenya, are on the list of the most wanted terrorists.

The two are reportedly trained medical doctors with roots from Garissa County.

The Inspector General of Police -IGP Kale Kayihura says the suspects are part of a group that has been recruiting for Libyan and Syrian terror groups as well as experimenting on a modified Anthrax Virus which they planned to use as a bio-terrorism weapon in Uganda and Kenya.
 
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A statement released earlier by the Kenyan police indicated that the suspects were planning large scale attacks with the intention of killing people within Kenya and neighboring countries.

The group is said to belong to a network of medical experts with whom they hatched a plan to release biological attacks on their targets using anthrax, lethal bio chemical weapon contracted through inhaling and consumption.

Preliminary investigations into the operations of this group reveals that they have been radicalizing friends, classmates and other youths whom they could access using social media.

In the mobile phones recovered during the arrest of Nuseiba and Fatmah, it was revealed that the suspects had a WhatsApp group under the name ‘Lufaida and coconut terrorist group' which they were using for these activities.

The director Counter terrorism John Ndugutse says counter terrorism operatives have begun profiling of the members of the WhatsApp group and all other people believed to have been in contact with the two suspects.
 
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