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Return our guns, police tell Somali militia

Published on June 4, 2008, 12:00 am

By Cyrus Ombati and David Ochami

Kenya has pleaded with Somali militias to return a police vehicle and guns they seized from a police post at the weekend.

On Tuesday, North Eastern PC Josephat Maingi, said they had sought dialogue to reclaim the equipment.

“We cannot bomb them to demand they return the property. We are using local leaders to get back the equipment,” he said.

Maingi spoke in Nairobi as more military troops were taken in lorries to the border. He said Somali leaders had promised to return the vehicle and guns on Friday.

Tension, however, mounted when military personnel from Garissa and Nairobi arrived at the Liboi border.

Internal Security minister, Prof George Saitoti, said the matter was under control.

This comes after last weekend’s daring attack on a police post in Liboi, where three suspected terrorists were freed.

One suspect freed in the raid could be linked to the November 2002 Kikambala bombing in which 12 people died, authorities have disclosed.

It is believed that the man, who wore a veil and was armed with powerful satellite phones, and two accomplices came from Nairobi or Mombasa.

Anti-terror police said they were trying to establish claims that the men were from Tanzania.

“He could be an Al Qaeda man wanted over some terror incidents, given the way he was rescued,” said an officer who did not want to be named.

The suspects were being interrogated at the post when the rescuers struck on Saturday night. Detectives investigating the incident said they had the suspects’ names, which were similar to those of some most wanted terror suspects.

Two children, who have since gone missing in Wajir town, accompanied the men.

On that Saturday, Administration Police officers had at about 4pm screened a bus headed to Wajir and detained the three over what they termed terrorism links.

Local leaders said they had contacted those in Dobley where they thought the vehicle was hidden.

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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.


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