, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Police officers in Kilimani on Wednesday morning arrested a Sudanese national accused of masterminding kidnappings targeting foreigners, a few days after the arrest of two accomplices.
The suspect is accused of leading a three-member gang which had fake documents indicating they are members of the International Police (Interpol) Task Force which they used to lure the foreigners.
Kilimani Police boss Peter Katam says the three suspects will be arraigned in court on Thursday, and urge Kenyans and foreigners who may have fallen victim to them to report the cases.
“We have made the arrest of the most wanted criminal who was masterminding robberies particularly involving foreign nationalities,” he said.
In addition to asking for ransom, he says the suspects used to torture victims while threatening to kill them as they recorded them on video.
The arrest of the three comes after they kidnapped a prominent businessman from Sudan whom they held hostage for 17 days in an apartment on Lenana Road and only released him after they received a ransom.
“We also have video clips which were taken during the kidnapping session,” he said.
Victims would oblige upon production of the fake documents.
“They have handcuffs; they are armed. No wonder they purport to be members of Interpol,” he said.
Police believe the gang is widely networked and could be working with other people from the countries where the victims come from and also some Kenyans.
Investigations have been launched targeting their “agents.”
A senior Sudanese embassy official told Capital FM News that the key suspect was also wanted in Khartoum.
“They need to be punished… once Kenya is through with them, they will be deported. They will be punished severely,” he said.