Po­lice find arms cache in Garissa town

‘This is the last time I’ll warn land­lords. Next time, you too will be ar­rested’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Po­lice in Garissa on Mon­day night found a cache of weapons buried out­side a res­i­dence in Bula Sa­gare.

The weapons in­clude an AK-47, 210 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, IEDs, a hand grenade, a sui­cide bomb vest fully loaded with switches and a mo­bile phone.

North­east­ern re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Mo­hamud Saleh yes­ter­day said a res­i­dent stum­bled upon the cache af­ter step­ping on mushy ground fol­low­ing heavy rains. The weapons were in a plas­tic con­tainer.

Po­lice sealed off the area and took the weapons.

Saleh said no ar­rests have been made, but se­cu­rity agents are fol­low­ing leads.

“We have a good idea whom we are look­ing for and soon we will make ar­rests. The dis­cov­ery of the weapons is a ma­jor break­through in the war on ter­ror. With the help of res­i­dents, we have been able to pre­empt sev­eral at­tacks and re­cover weapons that could have caused mas­sive de­struc­tion,” he said.

In Au­gust last year, se­cu­rity of­fi­cers seized a large cache dur­ing a crack­down.

He said some weapons re­cov­ered were so dan­ger­ous they could bring down a mul­ti­ple storey build­ing or de­stroy the Tana Bridge. “We are not 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,” Saleh said. He warned land­lords against rent­ing out their houses to peo­ple they have no in­for­ma­tion about. “This is the last time I am warn­ing the land­lords. The next time al Shabaab sus­pects are ar­rested or weapons found in a house, they too will be held cul­pa­ble,” Saleh said.

/ STEPHEN ASTARIKO

North­east­ern re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Mo­hamud Saleh and po­lice re­gional com­man­der Ed­ward Mwamburi in­spect the weapons in Garissa town yes­ter­day

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