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Kenya police seize cache of weapons in outskirts of Garissa town

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s security officers have recovered deadly arsenal weapons buried outside a commercial residential house in Bula Sagare in the outskirts of Garissa town near the Somali border.

Northeastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said on Monday that the weapons which included an AK 47 riffle, 210 rounds of ammunitions, improvised explosive devices, a hand grenade, and a fully loaded suicide bomber jacket were recovered on Sunday night.
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Saleh said a member of the public stumbled on the weapons that were buried underground in a plastic container following heavy rains that have been pounding the area.

Saleh said that informant later reported the matter at the Garissa police station where officers moved swiftly and on arrival discovered the deadly weapons.

Saleh said no arrest has been made so far but added that the police are following leads that will lead to arrest.

"With the help of members of the public we have been able to preempt several attacks and recovered weapons that could have caused mass destruction," said Saleh.

He added that this is the third time in Garissa town that the security apparatus have recovered such huge arsenal thanks to intelligence that involved members of the public volunteering information to security agencies.

Salel who was flanked by top regional and county security officers said that some of the weapons were so deadly and could bring down a storey building or destroy the Tana Bridge.

  Kenya police find cache of weapons in outskirts of Garissa town | Coastweek

GARISSA (Xinhua) -- Kenyan Northeastern regional coordinator Mohamud Saleh [left] displays some of the deadly weapons found in a residential house in the outskirts of Garissa town. Mohamud Saleh said that the weapons which included an AK 47 riffle, 210 rounds of ammunitions, improvised explosive devices, a hand grenade and a fully loaded suicide bomber jacket were recovered on Sunday night. XINHUA PHOTO - INGATI STEPHEN
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"We are not yet out of the woods yet. With the current rains pounding many parts of the region, the terror groups are able to cross the border and travel long distances to perpetuate their heinous crimes," he added.

The East African nation blames Al-Shabaab terror group for a string of attacks and kidnappings in Kenya.

The Kenyan government says the kidnappings threaten tourism, a key source of revenue for the country.

           

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