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Tanzanian to serve 45 years conviction over terrorism

A  32-year-old  Tanzanian has been jailed for 45 years by Lamu Senior Resident Magistrate (SRM),  Allan  Temba who  found him  guilty of  six counts of terror offenses.

Abdul  Harun Karim’s conviction followed the proof by the prosecution that he was a member of the outlawed terrorist  group, Al Shabaab.

In  his  ruling, Temba  said  the prosecution had proved that Karim  was indeed found with explosive materials illegally on  June 24, 2016 in Kiwayu, Lamu by area residents.

The  SRM  noted that the prosecution witnesses had testified that the accused had sought information in connection with a terrorist cell in Somalia, with a view to joining some of his friends who had already made their way into  the  neighbouring country.

“The  accused could not explain how he came into possession of the explosive IEDs when security agents nabbed him as he was trying to make his way to Somalia,” Temba stated.

Lamu County has in the past been used as recruitment ground for the youth by the Somali  based Al-Shabaab.

However, the Kenya government has bolstered security by adding more than 15,000 security agents across the county.

The  public in the region have also been sensitized to enforce the Nyumba Kumi intitiative in order to stamp out terrorist activities and other crimes in the area.

By  Amenya  Ochieng

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