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The Kwale Law Court has given the Anti Terror Police unit (ATPU) a week to hold in custody 17 youths suspected to be members of al Shabaab terror group.

The suspects will be held at the Diani police station as police continue with the investigations.

The youths faced two charges of being suspected to be recruits of a dangerous terrorist group and being found in possession of counterfeits products.

The suspects are aged between 18 to 27 years.

They were arrested on January 28, 2019, in a two-room house at Samburu area, Kwale county where they were hiding.

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The suspects were also found with mobile phones which were taken by the ATPU for analysis.

The group, however, denied the charges in front of Chief Magistrate Dominica Nyambu.

They claimed they are salespersons at Samburu area employed by Primmax Marketing Limited company which has several branches in the Coast region.

Their identification documents show that they come from Tana River, Kilifi, Nakuru, Baringo and Kisii counties.

Mentioning and hearing of the case will be on February 4, 2019.

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