28 January 2010

Kenyan Border Guards Capture More Than 30 Somali Teenagers

Mandera — At least 30 Somali teenagers have been captured by the Kenyan between Mandera and Balad-hawo towns in border between Somalia and Kenya, witnesses told Shabelle radio on Thursday.

Reliable sources in Mandere town told Shabelle radio that the Kenyan troops were continuing operations detaining the Somali youth in the towns adding that the Kenyan forces were also capturing the Somali people trying to cross from the two bordering cities.

Reports say that a crackdown operations had started as group of young Somalis hijacked a vehicle that was working for a bank in Mandere town which reportedly drove to the side of the Somali country.

People said that more troops were jailed at Mandere town while more others were released for ransom payment adding that they could see more police and military forces with armed vehicles deployed to the bordering towns of Mandere and Baled-hawo.

Locals said that the Kenyan troops blockaded the movement of the traffic between Kenya and Somalia pointing out that all movements of the traffic between the two towns was halted by the soldiers.

More teenagers were reportedly fled from the Kenyan forces as they were continuing their operations far to the forests and Kenyan officials told reporters that they would continue the crackdown operations in the border between the two countries until the kidnapped vehicle returned back to the hands of the government.

More of the businessmen in both cities expressed concern about the troops' operations which caused to halt their business movement saying that it might decrease their business activities in the region.

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