Nairobi: Kenyan authorities said that three women, suspected of being suicide bombers, were detained in the coastal city of Mombasa.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the three were arrested in Elwak town on the Kenya-Somalia border as they attempted to sneak into Somalia to join Al Qaeda-affiliated Somalian militants, Xinhua reported on Monday.
“They boarded a bus from Mombasa and were to travel to Somalia via Mandera. In Somalia they were to become jihadi brides and were supposed to be trained as suicide bombers,” Marwa said.
The three suspects are – Ummul-Khayr Sadir Abdull from Zanzibar, Maryam Said Aboud and Khadija Abubakar Abdulkadir from Kenya – all university students below the age of 21.
According to police sources, the three were lured to join the Al-Shabaab terror group through social media.