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Mandera graves empty, claims IG Boinett

09 December 2015, 10:03

Nairobi - The inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinett has said that police did not find any bodies in Mandera graves.

In a report published by Daily Nation, the IG said the 15 sites that were excavated Tuesday were empty.

The search was prompted by the discovery of 12 bodies in a mass grave in Omar Jillo by a group of herders Sunday.

On Monday, police exhumed one body which is said to belong to a business woman who had gone missing.

It is not clear where the other 11 bodies were found, but the discovery has sparked a heated debate among leaders and Kenyans in general.

Over 11 legislators from the region have strongly condemned KDF officers deployed in the region, accusing them of kidnappings and extrajudicial killings of innocent people.

However, police spokesman Charles Owino has absolved police of any wrongdoing saying police are not the only gun holders in the country.

Read Also: Lobby group wants Mandera security chiefs sacked over mass graves

On Twitter, Kenyans used hashtag #StopKillingSomalis to show solidarity with the Somalis, some pointing fingers at the government:

@C_NyaKundiH wrote: "I have always said that nothing can Justify Extrajudicial Killings. Something MUST be urgently done cc @JBoinnet"

@ahmedvision1 said: "Justice for innocent mothers and children who are relentlessness killed in cold blood in North eastern Kenya."

@LordGichohi said: "All lives matter ??"

However, others supported the presence of KDF in North eastern Kenya and stood with the government in the war against Al Shabaab:

@IamFortunate1 tweeted: "Al-Shabaab targeting police informers in Mandera after ATPU success."

@wamaitha_waMum: "I support the #StopKillingSomalis. However, I expect to see the same Somalis do more to stop alshabaab killing us."

@Meshronoh said: "Alshabaab is in your midst and you refuse to let them out,  when the govt acts you start to shout #StopKillingSomalis"

According to Standard, the Interior CS, Joseph ole Nkaissery will hold a press briefing today to shed light on the matter, as search for more bodies continues.

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