The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Suspicious Vessel Seized in Mombasa

KENYA Navy officers on Thursday seized a suspicious ship linked with drugs and other illegal trade within the Indian Ocean in Mombasa. The ship MV Alnoor was seized within Kenya territorial waters in the in Lamu sailing towards Mombasa by a navy patrol ship.

Police said they are holding ten crew members, seven Pakistanis, two Indians and an Iranian nationals for further grilling Mombasa acting police commander Sevelino Kubai said the ship was among two cargo vessels that were being monitored by security agencies after they left Somalia.

Kubai said the two ships had originated from Pakistan but had entered Somalia under unclear circumstances. Senior police officers and Navy commanders inspected the vessel that remained heavily guarded at Mtongwe Military base within the port of Mombasa

Kubai said that documentation indicates that vessel was en-route to Zanzibar. He said further scrutiny of the ship's manifest however revealed the goods were loaded in Coastal city of Mombasa raising suspicion.

Police said the ship is loaded with 300 metric tonnes of Cement which the crew claim had originated from Yemen. Sources said the ship could be among the vessels linked with international drugs and arm trafficking in the East African region.

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