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Police arrest 23 foreigners in Mombasa

19 November 2013, 08:07

Mombasa - Kenyan authorities said Monday they are interrogating 23 foreigners arrested in an operation launched in the coastal city of Mombasa to deal with terror threats.

The head of the immigration department coastal region, James Nyatigo, said the crackdown was carried out by police officers and immigration officials in the Indian Ocean port cities of Mombasa and Malindi.

Nyatigo said the foreigners sneaked into the country through the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi a few weeks ago.

"Our officers had information that the foreigners had arrived in Mombasa posing as tourists to do business when they laid an ambush and arrested them without working permits," said Nyatigoh.

They include nine Pakistanis, seven Chinese, a German, a Lebanese, three Indians, a Somali and a Yemen national.

The immigration official said they will be arraigned in court and deported to their respective countries of origin.

The move came after the government revoked 104 individuals of citizenship issued in the past five years.

Ministry of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said the group corruptly acquired registration documents.

Those affected included 95 Indians, five Pakistanis, a Sri Lankan, a Tanzanian, a Ugandan and a Somali.

"The government is reviewing citizenship documents issued to foreigners with the intention of flushing out foreigners with illegally acquired citizenship documents some of who have turned out to be criminals," Lenku said last week.

He stressed that the process of digitizing all security registries will eliminate fraud and corruption.

In October, the government sacked 15 senior and mid-level immigration officers following the Westgate terror attack the previous month. The attack left at least 67 people dead and 175 others wounded in Nairobi.

- Xinhua


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