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Six terror suspects arrested in northern Kenya

English.news.cn   2012-12-12 01:15:13            

GARISSA, Kenya, Dec 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Tuesday arrested six terror suspects and recovered three hand grenades, two pistols with 84 bullets recovered from them in Amuma area near the Kenya-Somalia border.

Garissa County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim said the police in Jarajila location in Garissa county, about 15 km from the Amuma border point, impounded a vehicle.

"The police impounded two pistols, three hand grenades and 84 rounds of ammunitions at Amuma border point today," Maalim told journalists in Garissa town.

The vehicle which had 10 people on board was stopped by a combination of rural border patrol unit, administration and regular.

"Four of the passengers escaped as police were taking control of the land cruiser with six of them being arrested," said Maalim.

Garissa town in northern Kenya have been the site of increasing grenade and gun attacks targeting both the Kenyan security forces and civilians since October 2011, when Kenyan military entered Somalia in pursuit of the militant Somali armed group, Al-Shabaab.

The killings of soldiers in Garissa on Nov. 19 led to a rampage by soldiers in the town, who assaulted people and even put buildings on fire. In the ensuing protest demonstrations, 10 people were shot and wounded.

The motive for the killing of the soldiers appears to have been to incite violence between the KDF and police on the one hand and the Kenyan Somali population of Garissa on the other.

Maalim said that area security agents had intelligence reports that Wednesday's national day celebrations were to be disrupted by criminals prompting extra valance on vehicles entering Kenya from neighboring Somalia.

The six arrested are being held at the Daadab police station as police continued with investigations into the incident.

The county boss regretted that the deadly weapons were to be used to commit murder during tomorrow fete.

Maalim said the terror bill has been made law and that "the government will not hesitate to confiscate property of Kenyans being used to carry out terror activities".

"This land cruiser registration No. KAQ 536 B will act as a good example as we are going to confiscate it so as to stop people with intentions of using their cars to carry out criminal activities," said Maalim.

Maalim blamed some Kenyans who he said lacked patriotism like owner of the impounded car who gave it out so as to perpetrate terrorism.

The administrator asked Kenyans to stop blaming the government for not cubing crime but instead cooperate and report criminals living in their midst.

Editor: yan
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