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Two police officers kidnapped by Al Shabaab in 2013 rescued

10 July 2015, 08:09

Nairobi - Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet said Thursday security agencies have rescued two police officers who were kidnapped by Al-Shabaab two years ago in Garissa.

Boinnet told journalists in Nairobi that the two police constables, Fredrick Chirchir and Joseph Wambugu, who were kidnapped during an ambush on their camp on May 25, 2013 were rescued on June 25.

"The two officers who were taken hostage were taken to Jilip area in Somalia and had since remained in captivity. For the period of two years while in captivity they were moved from one Al- Shabaab hideout to another in a bid to defeat any rescue efforts by the Kenyan security force," Boinnet said.

The police chief, however, did not explain the circumstances under which the two security officers were released, or whether ransom was paid to secure the release of the two.

Read Also: Police thwarted Al-Shabaab attempt to attack buses

"I am pleased to say that AP constables Joseph Wambugu and Fredrick Chirchir were rescued safe and sound. Upon their rescue, they were taken for extensive medical and health examination where they were found to be in good health but traumatized," he said.

Boinnet said the two police officers have been subjected to a recovery process and trauma counseling, noting that medical personnel have certified them to be in fair state of health. "They have been granted leave to go and recuperate and be with their families after which they will resume duty," he added.

The officers were kidnapped from Damajaley AP camp in an ambush in which several ammunition and guns were stolen. The militants later posted the pictures of the two officers on the social media days after the attack.

Boinnet also warned that the militants are planning to carry out further attacks on unspecified locations in the country.

"Operators of public service vehicles, railways, boats and ferries should also be watchful for persons acting out of character," he said.

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