Capital FM (Nairobi)

28 November 2012

Kenya: Ten Nabbed Over Attacks On Security Officers

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Kenya Defence Forces have been fighting al-Shabaab since October 2011(file photo).

Nairobi — Ten more suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of three Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)soldiers in Garissa.

The ten have also been linked to the killing of six other police officers who have been killed in ambushes in Garissa Town in the past three months.

They were arrested in the on-going police hunt for terror suspects in the region. Police have been combing the town in search for suspects who have been linked to a series of attacks in Garissa and its environs.

On Tuesday, a man identified as a prime suspect in the killings was arraigned before a Garissa court in connection with the assassinations.

Ibrahim Jelle Belle was however not required to plead to the murder charges as the prosecution pleaded for more time to conclude investigations.

Belle was arraigned before Principal Magistrate John Onyiego who remanded him at the Garissa police station.

The prosecution said they were likely to also charge him with the murder of the three police officers killed prior to the murder of the soldiers.

While applying for more time, the prosecution told the court that two soldiers who survived the shootings had positively identified the suspect as part of the gunmen who attacked them.

Soldiers who survived the attack had identified him after he was arrested at Hulugho region at the border with Somalia.

The case will be mentioned on December 9 at the Garissa High court.

The killings led to an immediate massive security operation in Garissa, sparking protests from locals who claimed they were being unfairly targeted by the police and military.

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