Rwanda Arrests First-Known ISIS Operatives in Country
Sun, January 31, 2016
Individuals with links to the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) have been arrested in Rwanda in the first known infiltration of the terror group into the east-African country. Police report in addition that a number of suspects managed to flee the country.
A deputy imam at a local mosque, who was arrested and accused of recruiting for ISIS, was shot and killed while trying to escape, according to police. A search of the imam’s mosque yielded extremist books, CDs, social-network messages and a trail to the suspected jihadis.
The main Muslim association in Rwanda said it planned to send a message to all of Rwanda’s mosques condemning radicalization.
Rwanda is a predominantly Christian country, with Muslims accounting for only 2.5 percent of the population.