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High alert as police arrest two suspects, impound 900 bullets

By | March 30th 2011

By Adow Jubat and Boniface Ongeri

Two suspected gun dealers were arrested and 900 bullets intercepted in Ijara, Garissa County.

Police said the two were arrested in Hulugho area near the Kenya-Somalia border, while boarding a matatu to Bura, Tana River County.

Area police boss Rems Warui said investigation showed the bullets were to be sold to one of the warring clans in Tana River County.

Twenty killed

Two local clans have been fighting for the last three months, leaving at least 20 people dead.

The fighting that has also left hundreds of families displaced has been blamed on alleged incitement by politicians. Warui said the firearms were wrapped in polythene bag and packed as luggage.

The suspects are being held at the Masalani Police Station and were expected to be arraigned in court in Hola.

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Bullets from the war-torn Somalia are usually sold at between Sh20 and Sh50 and go for between Sh200 and Sh250 in Tana River County.

At the same time, police arrested nine Somali illegal immigrants in Hulugho. The aliens, including three women, were heading to Mombasa.

Warui said illegal immigrants were finding routes in Ijara after surveillance was tightened in Garissa.

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