Police hunting for eight Al Shabaab suspects behind spate of murders
14 July 2016, 10:02
Kwale - Police in Kwale are looking for eight Al Shabaab suspects behind killings in Diani.
Kwale County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said they are doing everything to apprehend the suspects who have continued to terrorize residents in the area.
The criminal gang is believed to have received training in the neighboring Somalia.
Series of killing of Nyumba Kumi elders have been reported in the recent past with the number of those killed numbering close to 20.
Police and locals have engaged in blame game over the killings which has left many residents scared, and further escalating the issue.
While locals blame police for endangering the lives of informants instead of protecting them, police blame locals for harboring criminals and refusing to report them to police.
Kwale County Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organizing Secretary, Abubakar Omar said those who report the incidents and criminals are later followed by the gangs and killed.
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Speaking during a public baraza at Ukunda showground Wednesday, he said the issue has also cowed Imams who are willing to cooperate with the security agents and decided to bury their heads in the sand.
Msambweni sub-County deputy County Commissioner, Elvis Korir promised to keep information shared confidential.
“When you report, make sure you note down the number of the officer on duty so we can know who leaks this information,” he said.
County Commissioner Olaka said that it is unfortunate that the criminals being sought are residents of Diani but their relatives have not shared any information on their whereabouts.
Olaka directed police officers in the area to comb the area and smoke out criminals in a months time without failure.
“In our Nyumba Kumi areas, we must know the officers on patrol to facilitate follow up in case of anything; everybody must take responsibility,” he said.
He called on partnership between the clergy, political leaders and the security officials saying that the killings must come to an end.
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