Police arrest two Americans with photos of key installations
03 December 2014, 22:56
Naivasha - Police were on
Wednesday interrogating two U.S. nationals who were arrested while taking
pictures of key installations in Gilgil town, about 130km northwest of Nairobi.
The two were arrested in the town center that is home to
hundreds of soldiers after a tip-off from members of the public.
Nakuru County Commissioner Mohammed Birik confirmed the
arrest, adding that the two were being interrogated by police officers.
"We have two middle aged American women in our custody
after they were arrested filming in Gilgil town in unclear circumstances,
" Birik said by telephone.
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The government official said the two, who were found filming
from the top of a building without permission, were whisked to the police
station for further questioning. Sources said the two had, in the past, filmed
some army barracks, raising suspicion among members of the public.
According to a witness, who declined to be named, the two
were acting suspiciously and tried to hide their cameras once confronted.
"The two had been spotted in a different section of the
town taking pictures and their intentions were not clear," said the
witness. "We are worried by the on-goings in Mandera, and we decided to
inform the police who acted fast and arrested the two women."
Birik added that the two claimed to be working for a
charitable organization, saying that they were making a film about life of the
poor in the town.
He said security had been intensified across the whole
county in the wake of increased terror activities by Al-Shabaab.