Kenya charges two for alleged attack plot

NAIROBI (AFP) - Two Kenyan men have been charged with receiving Iranian training in Iraq to carry out attacks in the east African country.

The two men, who Kenyan police say were trained by Iran's elite Quds Force - claims denied by Teheran - were arrested in Nairobi last month, and were charged in court on Monday (Dec 14).

The charge sheet only mentions Iraq.

The pair are accused of having travelled to Karbala in Iraq where they, "received training or instruction in the practice of military exercise... for the preparation to engage in the commission of a terrorist act."

Police chief Joseph Boinett last month said he believed the two arrested men had travelled to Iran several times.

"We have irrefutable evidence they were recruited into an Iranian spying ring," Boinett said after the arrests, claiming the men plotted "terror attacks" in Nairobi.

Iran's embassy in Kenya has denied any links to the two Kenyan men.

Iranians are treated with particular suspicion in Kenya, which is a close ally of Israel.

In May 2013, a Kenyan court sentenced two Iranians to life in prison on terror-related charges, including possessing explosives allegedly to be used in bomb attacks.