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Ruto orders security agencies to hunt down attackers

07 July 2014, 08:03

Mpeketoni - Deputy President William Ruto Sunday ordered security agencies to hunt down those behind twin attacks which killed 22 people on the coastal areas of Kenya on Saturday night.

Speaking in Mpeketoni and Hindi after visiting homes of the deceased in the attacks, Ruto said the police should swiftly arrest the attackers.

"The security team must get these criminals," Ruto ordered as he gave top security chiefs in Nairobi and Lamu 48 hours to either arrest the criminals or quit the service.

"Starting from Inspector General David Kimaiyo to the police constable down here...these people must be arrested. The criminals are here in Lamu," he said.

"We want the security team to show results of the operation in 48 hours. This is as clear as it should get," he said.

Ruto directed the security team in Lamu to provide the government with a plan of how they were going to deal with the criminals.

The deputy president said it was unacceptable for a country claiming to be independent to have people killed at will.

"Those who perpetuated this mayhem must be either arrested or killed," he said.

He directed deputy inspector general Samuel Arachi to stay in Lamu and lead the operation to get the criminals.

"We ask our security team to stop these killings and arrest the killers. We should not be divided on religious lines," Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said.

MRC is charging that the coastal people's rights to land and property ownership has been violated.

Tension remained high in the coastal region with fears of possible revenge attack.

 - Xinhua

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