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Court to arraign 2 Somalis for illegal possession of weapon

05 November 2013, 16:32

Garissa - Authorities said Tuesday they will arraign in court two Somali men arrested the previous day in northern Kenya for possessing a weapon.

Garissa County District Criminal Investigation Officer (CID), Musa Yego, said the police plan to charge the two with being in possession of a weapon and mobile phones illegally.

Yego said the police were also investigating to see whether the two might have used the firearm to commit any crime.

The two refugees, Mohamed Abdi Ismail and Mohamed Noor Mohamed, were arrested by police at Kambioos block at Ifo two camp in Dadaab, following a tip-off from fellow refugees residing in the camp.

Ismail, with an alien card number 1570703 had a pistol Tokalev loaded with nine rounds of ammunition while Mohamed Noor Mohamed, who was in the company of Ismail, was arrested with five mobile phones.

"We also want to establish if they are part of the larger Al Shabaab network which also has its members hiding in the refugee camps under the pretext of being refugees," Yego told Xinhua by telephone.

He said they believe the two are among the group of criminals terrorizing residents in and outside the refugee camps.

Police in Daadab on Monday arrested 21 aliens along the Dadaab - Liboi road as they were going to Somalia.

Yego indicated that the group comprising only men was being taken out of the country to joint Al Shabaab training in neighboring Somalia. The aliens who did not have any documents at the time of their arrest will be taken to court, he added.

- Xinhua


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