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Tanzanian arrested en route to Somalia

28 May 2014, 09:14

Mandera - Anti-terrorism police officers are holding a Tanzanian national arrested in Mandera town en route to Somalia.

A source in the unit told journalists Mbaraka Omar Ramadhani had evaded police roadblocks in Nairobi, Garissa and Wajir.

"Acting on a tip-off, we managed to nab him before he could get into Somalia and he has confessed being an Al-Shabaab member," said the source who sought anonymity for fear of being victimized.

Mandera town has experienced a series of bomb, grenade and gun attacks for the past three weeks blamed on Somalia nationals who crossed the porous border through Bulla Hawa.

Kenya has heightened security around the country with security agencies at an unprecedented state of alert after latest reports that Al-Shabaab plans more attacks against Kenya and foreign interests in the country.

Since Kenya sent troops across the border into Somalia in October 2011, northern and parts of eastern Kenya have been hit by a series of blasts, many targeting local security forces and humanitarian workers.

Several attacks believed to have been carried out by Al-Shabaab have occurred in Mandera, Wajir, and Garissa and Dadaab districts of northern Kenya even as the military reports gains against the Islamist group by capturing their military bases and killing scores of them.

 - Xinhua

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