TIP-OFF

Two arrested, four rifles with 203 bullets found in Isiolo

The raid was conducted at 5 am as the two were still sleeping.

In Summary

• The two include a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman who were nabbed Friday morning in the outskirts of Kinna town following a tip-off from members of the public.

• Also recovered were six stones of bhang and two numberless motorcycles, suspected to be getaway means used by the suspects.

Some of the weapons that were recovered from the suspects in isiolo on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Some of the weapons that were recovered from the suspects in isiolo on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Image: DCI

Two suspects were arrested and four riffles with 203 bullets were found on them in a police operation in Garbatulla, Isiolo County.

The two include a 35-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman who were nabbed Friday morning in the outskirts of Kinna town following a tip-off from members of the public, police said.

The raid was conducted at 5 am as the two were still sleeping.

Also recovered were six stones of bhang and two numberless motorcycles, suspected to be getaway means used by the suspects.

The two are being grilled by detectives pending their arraignment.

Police said they suspect the two were part larger gang operating in the area and smuggling weapons.

These weapons are used to attack clans in ongoing inter-clan fighting in Isiolo and Marsabit counties.

Some of the ammunition that were recovered from the suspects in isiolo on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Some of the ammunition that were recovered from the suspects in isiolo on Friday, October 1, 2021.
Image: DCI

More than a dozen people have been killed and others displaced in the clashes that become rampant near and during elections time.

DCI boss George Kinoti said they are interrogating the two to establish if there are more suspects in the ring.

“Such weapons can be used for even terror purposes or kill innocent people. We are digging further to know if there were other players,” he said.

Tension has been building in the area with more local militia amassing weapons for planned attacks for political reasons.

Last month, police seized more than 2,000 bullets used for AK-47 rifles that were destined for Isiolo in an operation in Nairobi.

A senior officer stationed at the General Service Unit Training college in Embakasi was arrested and is facing charges in court.

At least five other GSU officers linked to the supply of the bullets from government stores are either missing or dead.

Two others were killed in unclear circumstances along Mombasa Road and in Utawala area.

Police have denied involvement but many think it was a state sanctioned operation to clear the gang behind the ring supplying live ammunition to criminals.

Some of the bullets that had been recovered in ongoing operation in Laikipia were traced to government stores raising alarm of a serious ring in the police that is compromising security hence investigations and said action.

In Laikipia, more than ten people have been killed in the attacks mostly from armed herders.

The government is conducting a major operation in the area and has resettled those who were displaced by the clashes.

Edited by D Tarus