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Police confirm more arrests in Lamu as crackdown continues

09 July 2014, 19:31 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Police have confirmed that 74 people have been arrested Wednesday in  an ongoing crackdown in Lamu following a recent spate of attacks in the county.

The 74 were arrested after a directive by deputy president William Ruto that there be arrests made in connection with killings in Hindi and Gamba over the weekend that saw 22 people killed.

The arrests were made in an inter-agency operation which included Kenya Police, Administration Police, Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Wildlife Service Officers.

Those arrested had maps, ropes and military attire on them, as confirmed by Deputy Inspector General of Police Samson Arachi who is in-charge of the operation.

" We have arrested them and they are in custody. We have been told that they are hiding in the area and have found many with tools such as ropes, maps and they are also unable to state why they are in the forests, he said.

He insisted that the police were on top of the situation and urged calm in the area.

" We urge calm in the area as we continue to search for more suspects and ensure they are charged in court, he added.

The 74 were arrested just a day after it emerged that 45 more people had been arrested by police over their participation in the attacks.

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