Terror police in North Rift
25 July 2012, 09:18
Anti-terrorism police unit and intelligence officers been moved to North Rift region to step up 24 hour security surveillances along the porous border.
Pokot County Commissioner Peter Orkwayo said officers from Nairobi intensified close monitors in key border entries to Trans-Nzoia, Pokot and Turkana counties from neighboring countries.
The team arrived in Kitale on Sunday and Monday and briefly interrogated two suspected Al Shabaab allies arrested with the ammunition at a gusts house in the town.
The suspected appeared in Court on Monday and denied the charges of being in possession of ammunition.
Police on a tip off from an informer apprehended the two terror suspects from Kitale Guest House within Kitale town.
Officers recovered two Chinese stick made hand grenade and explosive materials from the terror suspects.
Lucas Ogara, Kitale OCPD said that the grenades had been smuggled from Uganda and were to be used to attack a church in Umoja Estate Nairobi.
Multiple sources at the Kenya-Uganda border revealed the grenades had been secured from Uganda People Defense Force UPDF barrack in Moroto district, claim police said are investigating.
“Such weapons are kept at army barracks but one easy secure it because the soldiers are not well paid and resort selling firearms,” said the source well versed with gun deals along the border.
Anti-terrorism and Intelligence security units have been establish at Alale, Katikomor, Orwolo areas in Pokot County and Noiwayapong, Lorengippi and Oropoi in Turkana County.
Lokichoggio near South Sudan and at Todonyang, along the Kenya-Ethiopia border are under police microscope while security agencies are holed up at Suam border entry pointing Trans-Nzoia County.
Orkwayo said chiefs in the region have been instructed to help the officials with vital information toward achieving the war.
The county commissioner said permanent check points have been erected on the busy Kitale-Lodwar road to inspect vehicles from Turkana and Sudan.
”Are expected any eventuality and police officers have swarmed in to monitor security issues on 24 hours security patrols and check points have been erected at Kacheliba."
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