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Al-Shabaab frees two Kenyans kidnapped in 2012

31 July 2013, 07:45

Nairobi -Two Kenyan officials kidnapped by the Al-Shabaab during an attack in Wajir last year have been released.

"Two Kenyans abducted by Somali Shebab insurgents on January 11th, 2012, have been released following successful negotiations spearheaded by border communities in North Eastern Province," a statement from State House said.

"The two, Edward Yesse Mule, a district officer in Burder division, and Fredrick Irungu Wainaina, registrar of Persons, Wajir South District, have now rejoined their families and in sound health," the statement said.

No details have been released on the date and location of their release.

The officers were abducted during an attack against a police post in Gerile, in Wajir area, close to the border with Somalia. Four policemen, one civil servant and a civilian had been killed in the attack, while three people were kidnapped by the attackers.

No details have been given on the whereabouts of the third person abducted during the attack.

"Efforts are being made to secure the release of other Kenyans still held captive by the militiamen in Somalia," the State House statement added.

A unknown number of Kenyans - including armed forces personnel and policemen - are still held by the Al-Shabaab in Somalia.

They have conducted several attacks in Kenyan areas bordering Somalia since Kenya Defence Forces troops were sent into the war-torn country in October 2011 to fight Somali insurgents.

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