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Kenyan police arrest 50 Ethiopians for being in Kenya illegally 

NAIROBI (Xinhua)--  Kenyan police on Friday arrested 50 Ethiopians from two residential estates in Nairobi for being in the country illegally.

Starehe divisional police commander Alice Kimeli said the illegal immigrants were holed up in separate residential homes in Huruma and Baba Dogo.

Kimeli said the immigrants were expected to be trafficked to South Africa through Tanzania. She said one suspect, believed to be a ringleader, has been arrested in connection with human trafficking.

“We are trying to track down the key suspect in the human trafficking ring and have arrested Omar Adan, who was harboring the immigrants awaiting their transportation,” Kimeli said.

She said the immigrants are currently being interrogated and would appear in court next week once investigations are complete.

Police and immigration officials said the number of Ethiopian illegals that ended up in Kenyan police custody has tripled in the past few weeks.

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Over 80 Ethiopians arrested in southern Tanzania for illegal entry

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- At least 83 Ethiopian nationals were arrested on Saturday by Tanzanian immigration officers for illegal entry into the east African nation’s southern region of Iringa.

Hope Kawawa, a senior immigration official for Iringa region, said the arrest of the 83 Ethiopians brought to 87 the total number of Ethiopian illegals arrested in the region in the past week.

“The Ethiopians were found in a truck traveling from Dar es Salaam to South Africa through Malawi and Zambia,” Kawawa told a news conference in the Iringa municipality, adding that four other Ethiopian nationals were arrested in the region this week.

“The Ethiopians claimed that they were traveling to South Africa to seek green pastures,” Kawawa added.

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Police launch manhunt for Kenyan al-Shabaab commander, five others

NAIROBI, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Friday launched a major manhunt for an al-Shabaab commander and five other key terror suspects behind a series of attacks in northeastern Kenya.

The police have offered 20,000 U.S. dollars each for any information that could lead to the arrest of the six suspected al-Shabaab militants believed to be planning terror attacks in the east African nation

Authorities have circulated a photo of a woman and five men, including Issack Alio Mohammed, a Kenyan al-Shabaab commander and an improvised explosive device (IED) expert.

Other terror suspects being sought by the police include Abdiwhab Osman, Hareth Hillow, Kusow Yarrow and Mumina Erobe.

Alio, an al-Shabaab operative who hails from Mandera County in northeast Kenya, is believed to be behind a series of attacks along the Somalia border.

His main targets have been security personnel and telecom cell towers in Kenya’s northeast and coastal regions.

The police called on the public to be vigilant and report the whereabouts of the suspects.

Kenya faces insecurity as bomb attacks using IEDs and grenades have become more frequent in the northeastern and coastal regions since its soldiers entered Somalia in 2011 to fight al-Shabaab and secure the shared border.

             

 

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