29 November 2012

Kenya: Ten Men Linked to Killing of Three Soldiers Arrested in Garissa

Ten more suspects were yesterday arrested in Garissa over the killing of the three KDF soldiers. North Eastern deputy provincial criminal investigations officer Iregi Ngatia said the 10 have also been linked to the killings of 10 police officers in the last two months.

Speaking to the Star on the phone, Ngatia said the 10 were arrested yesterday evening in the on going police hunt for terror suspects in the town.

"We received information on their whereabouts from wananchi. We are interrogating them for information that will assist arrest those behind the attacks that have been happening in the recent past," said Ngatia.

Ngatia said the police have made "good progress in the fight against terror". He asked wananchi to volunteer more information that would assist in arresting more suspects.

According to a senior police officer, the suspects had Kenyan documents which they might have acquired illegally. "We believe that this is a large syndicate that involves many people. Non-Kenyans pay money to get IDs and other important documents," the source said.

The arrest of the 10 comes just a day after a key suspect was charged in a Garissa court in connection with the killings. Ibrahim Jelle Belle however did not plead to the murder charges as the prosecution asked for more time to conclude investigations.

The case will be mentioned on December 9. Last weeks killings of the soldiers led to a joint operation by security officers who conducted a house to house search for the suspects as a curfew was placed for to consecutive days.

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