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Female terror cell leaders arrested in Kampala as police investigate suspected Syria links

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Two female students have been arrested for alleged terror offences amid fears they engaged in the active radicalisation, recruitment of University students at Kampala International University which has a big population of foreign students.

Both are medical students.

Police’s Counter Terrorism Units acting on clues from their Kenyan colleagues apprehended Nuseiba Mohammed Haji one of the two women on her way out of Uganda.

Police are investigating whether her journey out is linked to the arrest of her husband Mohammed Abdi Ali in Kenya and whether she planning any attacks in Uganda ahead of President ahead of President Museveni’s inauguration on May 12.

The second woman Fatumah Mohammad Hanshi was arrested at a house in the Kampala suburb of Kasanga and was reportedly taken to Kireka’s notorious Special Investigations Unit. 

Both women were held on suspicion of the building a terror cell made of students in Kansanga.

They are both Kenyan but not part of the same family.

Police boss General Kale Kayihura confirmed the arrest of a terror suspect whose identity he chose not to disclose but the is yet to come out with a statement confirming the arrests.

The arrested KIU student’s husband was as well “engaged in the active radicalisation” of students and helped recruit Kenyans “to join terror groups in Libya and Syria”.

Kenya police say Abdi was in charge of a “terror network” that was “planning large-scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack” of September 2014 in which 67 people were killed. Mr Ali is said to be linked to the so-called Islamic State group.

Twin bombings by suspected Al-Shabaab terrorists killed 79 people in Kampala mostly football fans who were watching a 2010 World Cup final match on large screens at Kyadondo and Ethiopian Village Restaurant in Kabalagala, a city suburb.

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