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Kenya arrests five al-Shabaab suspects on Lamu

26 November 2011, 14:20

Lamu - Kenyan police arrested five men on Friday suspected of being members of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab insurgents on the island of Lamu, close to where two tourists were kidnapped and taken to Somalia.

Kenya ordered soldiers across its border with Somalia in mid-October to crush al Shabaab rebels who it said had kidnapped the tourists and attacked its security forces inside Kenya.

Al-Shabaab has denied being behind the kidnappings.

Police on Friday said they acted on a tip-off from residents in the area who said five men were headed towards the direction of Bruno Hotel, after mooring a boat at a beach north of the town on Lamu island.

"We suspect these people are from Somalia. Maybe they are al Shabaab ... we are still interrogating them," said Joseph Sigei, deputy officer commanding police division for Lamu.

There is heightened security in the area ahead for the annual Lamu cultural festival, a big tourist event to celebrate the Swahili island's history and culture.

Analysts and diplomats in the region have warned Somali pirates were likely to turn to softer targets such as tourists in Kenya, in response to much more robust defence of merchant vessels by private security guards.

In September, unidentified gunmen raided a secluded beach resort north of Lamu and shot dead publishing executive David Tebbutt and took hostage his wife Judith, 56, before escaping by boat.

In early October, gunmen stormed the private home of 66-year-old, wheelchair-bound Marie Dedieu on island of Manda, next to Lamu. They grabbed and carried her to a waiting boat that crossed into Somalia, where al Shabaab were in control of large swathes of the south and centre.

The French government said she died in the kidnappers' custody in unexplained circumstances.

Police have since arrested two Kenyan suspects in the murder of Tebbutt and the kidnapping of his wife Judith, who is believed to be held captive somewhere in Somalia. No one has been arrested for involvement in the kidnapping of Dedieu.

- Reuters

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