Police kill 2 Al-Shabaab suspects in northern border town
07 March 2014, 19:30
Garissa - Police said Friday that two Al-Shabaab suspects were killed in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex in the northern region and two rifles and 17 rounds of ammunition were recovered.
Dadaab divisional police commander Kalicha Roba confirmed that the two militants were part of a gang that has been terrorizing the residents in the refugee camps, Dadaab town.
"We managed to recover the two firearms and ammunition... (and) two Transitional Federal Government (TFG) attires," Roba said.
Roba said that the two caught up with police scrutiny following a tip off from members of the public.
Just last week, a watchman manning one of the humanitarian agencies' offices in Dagahaley was shot dead by unknown people.
The local police boss said that the bandits who have been on the run for the last one year engaged the police in a fierce shoot- out before being overpowered.
He said that the two, who were suspected to be Al-Shabaab members, sneaked into the refugee camp and disguised themselves as refugees.
"These are individuals who were on a mission to cause havoc in our country. They have been carrying out all kinds of attack including grenade attacks," Roba said, commending officers for gunning them down.
Meanwhile, Roba said that police will soon carry out a major security operation in all the refugee camps in a bid to flash out all the criminals hiding in the camps and net all the weapons that are hidden in the camps.
"We believe that many guns are still in the wrong hands. We will not relent in our quest of ensuring that Dadaab becomes a safe place to stay," said Roba.
Dadaab, which hosts the refugee camps, has been subjected to a series of attacks in the past year, but the attacks have tremendously reduced in the recent months.