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Police nab 24 illegal Somali immigrants in Nakuru

08 April 2015, 09:13

Nakuru - Police said Tuesday they have arrested 24 suspects of Somali origin who were in the country illegally.

Nakuru County Commissioner, Mohammed Birik said eight aliens were arrested at a roadblock in Gilgil town as they fled from Nairobi to Uganda on Monday night.

"Those arrested in Gilgil were on their way to court while those nabbed in Nakuru are been interrogated," Birik told Xinhua by telephone.

He said 16 other aliens were arrested in Nakuru County during a major swoop over the Easter holiday.

Read Also: Terror suspect arrested in Mandera remanded for 30 days

The arrest came as police intensified their patrols and roadblocks along the highway after the Garissa attack where 148 Kenyans lost their lives.

The security swoop also comes amid heightened security in Kenya after Somali insurgents threatened reprisal attacks if the troops which launched cross border incursions in 2011 do not leave the Horn of Africa nation.

Birik noted that in the wake of the terror attack in Garissa some of the suspects could be fleeing from Nairobi.

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- Xinhua


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