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Kenya arrests 10 secessionist group members in Mombasa

English.news.cn   2013-03-05 19:00:26            

MOMBASA, Kenya, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Tuesday arrested 10 more suspected members of coast-based secessionist group the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) in connection with the brutal murder of 14 people including 6 police officers in the coastal region on Sunday.

Divisional police commander Clement Wangai told Xinhua here that seven suspects were arrested in Kilifi district and weapons including machetes and arrows were seized by police officers.

Wangai told Xinhua that the seven were seized in major operation conducted by combined team of both general Service Unit GSU and regular police.

"We arrested the seven as they fled from Chumani after killing a police officer and recovered the assorted weapons," said Wangai who added the suspects will also face murder charges.

Wangai said three other suspects were arrested at Jomvu, Changamwe area on Sunday night in fierce battle with police that left four police officers dead on Sunday night.

The three MRC suspects were arraigned before Mombasa High Court Judge Justice Martin Muya facing four murder charges of the four officers among them two senior ones.

The accused Jabril Ali Dzuya, Bwana Mkuu ALwan Ajabu and Antony Mwatela Mughendi allegedly murdered senior police officers -- Otieno Awour and Salim Chebii.

Security was heightened at the Mombasa law court when the accused were brought by detectives from the flying squad team. They further faced two other murders of charges of killing police constable Andrew Songwa and Stephen Maithya.

Senior Assistant Director of Prosecution Aloyce Okemo requested the court for two weeks to allow police to complete their investigation.

"We are requesting for more time for police to complete the investigation before they stand trial," Okemo said.

Justice Muya granted the prosecution two weeks and ordered the accused be remanded at Changamwe police station. Police have dispatched more than 400 officers to the coast region to reinforce security after an attack by suspected members of MRC.

The officers from GSU and Anti-Stock Theft Unit were flown from Nairobi to Mombasa on Tuesday for reinforcement.

The officers from the dreaded General Service Unit (GSU) and Anti-Stock Theft Unit have been flown for reinforcement following the attack.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has directed police to deal with the group's activities and leaders planning to disrupt the election.

"We are issuing stern warning to the group leaders and sympathizers planning to disrupt the presidential election will be dealt with. We have dispatched an additional team of police officers to Mombasa and entire province to thwart any plans of the illegal groups to disrupt the general election," he said.

Kimaiyo said despite the challenges the police officers covered the voter registration in the coastal region very successfully but warned the secessionists that the law will catch up with them soon.

"I would like to appeal to the people of coast province to continue cooperating with the police and give us information that will enable us manage their security more efficiently," he said.

"He said they have put up a team of officers to carry out investigations following the incidences in Mombasa with view of making further arrests," Kimaiyo said.

The police chief said they had prior challenges before the election period especially terrorism threats and MRC.

Editor: Luan
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