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Confusion reigns over arrest of suspected MRC militants

25 June 2014, 18:43 Victor Tinto

Nairobi -There is confusion in Lamu over the arrest of suspected Mombasa Republican Council MRC members alleged to have been plotting yet another attack in the area.

The government through the Interior Ministry Wednesday said that it had arrested 13 MRC members who were apparently planning an attack in the area.

The 13 were said to have been arrested in Kiunga area planning yet another attack.

So far over 70 people have died in attacks in the area, which the government has blamed on politically instigated matters.

In Lamu though, police were shocked by the news, claiming that there had been no reports of arrests in the area.

" That is news to me. I have not heard of any arrests despite being a part of the team assigned by the cabinet secretary here, a senior officer who did not want to be named as he is not the explicit authority said.

" It is a close knit operation and no one has heard of such a thing, the officer added.

The revelation comes just a few days after reports on the ground conflicted those from the government as regards the killing of five of the militia who orchestrated the attack on Mpeketoni that left 48 people dead.

Area residents had insisted that the five were local herders whilst the government said they were militants.

The reports have not helped the healing process on the ground with some residents fearing that there is something not quite right with the security operation on the ground.

" There is something not quite right with the reports that we are getting here. They are conflicting. Is there something we do not know? Ali Mwandarino, a resident of Witu where the latest attacks took place told News24.

Police though have intensified patrols in the area since the latest attacks, with the aim of flushing out the militia who are said to be in and around the area.

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