Police on Sunday arrested 17 youths at a hideout in Samburu town.
say they suspected the youth to be al Shabaab recruits who were being prepared to be transported to Somalia.
Kinango OCPD John Kemboi said the 17 were hiding in the holding centre, a two-room house near Samburu market.
They are 2 ladies and 15 men aged between 18-27 years.
"Our informers tipped us and we raided the house," Kemboi told the Star.
Kemboi said after interrogations, the youths confessed to having been promised jobs with huge salaries.
The OCPD said two suspects arrived a few days ago while the others have lived in the house for almost a month.
Two of them had completed form four and another two had completed class eight.
The rest were drop-outs according to the police boss.
Identification documents show that they come from Tana River, Kilifi, Nakuru, Baringo and Kisii counties.
Officers from the Anti Terror Police Unit based in Mombasa are continuing with interrogations at a police station in Kwale.
They will be arraigned
in Kwale on Tuesday.