16 October 2018

Kenya: KDF Soldier and His Kidnap Gang Busted, Three Victims Rescued in Eastleigh

A Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldier and a university student were on Monday night arrested over a kidnap incident in Eastleigh.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said they also arrested two other members of the gang in the Monday night operation.

The gang had held three people in a private car and demanded for a Sh5, 000 ransom for each victim.

Detectives rescued the three victims during the operation.

"The soldier, No. 95592, Private Mohamed Sharmake Abdi of Kahawa Barracks, Abdi Hamid Mohamed Abdi a Student at the Kenya Methodist University, Mr Abdikalif Mohammed Noor, Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi and Salah Abdi will be arraigned in court today," the DCI said in the statement.

#EastLeigh | @DCI_Kenya Detectives last night arrested 5 abductors among them a university student & a soldier, within Eastleigh area & rescued 3 victims. The abductors were demanding for Ksh.5,000 release fee from each victim. The suspects will be arraigned in court today. pic.twitter.com/nEzJygcjOB

- DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) October 16, 2018

The arrests come just a day after a National Intelligence Service (NIS) officer based in Wajir was arrested in the same area over claims he had an illegal gun and possessed drugs.

And on Saturday, the DCI arrested two police officers after they abducted a businessman in Athi River.

DCI said the five suspects will be arraigned in court on Tuesday

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