100 suspects arrested after Dadaab attack

December 6, 2011 3:09 pm

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 6 – More than 100 suspects were arrested at the Dadaab refugee camp on Tuesday following an attack a day earlier that killed a policeman and wounded three other officers.

North Eastern Provincial Commissioner Joseph ole Serian told Capital News that the suspects were being interrogated over the attack and those found culpable would be arraigned in court.

“Yes, we have arrested 100 suspects in today’s (Tuesday’s) security operation,” the PC said.

There was no immediate indication what charges would be preferred against the suspects, but a police officer in Garissa revealed some of them may be charged with being in the country illegally because no documents were found on them.

“Others are being interrogated to establish if they were involved in the attack or any other criminal activity in the camp,” the officer said.

Another officer added: “They are being interrogated over the landmine attack that killed an Administration Policeman at the Ifo II extension camp within Dadaab.”

Monday’s attack was the latest in a spate of grenade and landmine attacks in Kenya’s border regions with Somalia.

Kenyan officials blame Somali Islamist Shabaab insurgents or their sympathisers for a series of recent shootings and bombings, although armed bandits also operate in the border areas.

Gunmen seized two Spaniards working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) from Dadaab in October and are thought to have taken them to Somalia.

The kidnapping of the Spaniards was one of the incidents that spurred Kenya to send troops into Somalia to fight the Al Qaeda-linked Shabaab in mid-October.

Regional armies are now pushing against Shabaab positions in Somalia with Kenyan forces in the south; Ugandan and Burundian African Union forces are in Mogadishu, while Ethiopian troops operate in the west.


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