Security agency intercepts illegal firearms in Marsabit

Four suspects are in custody following their arrest on Saturday by the Border Patrol Unit, for supplying arms, ammunition and ration to warring factions in the strife-torn Turbi – Sololo border.

According to DCI, the BPU officers who were on targeted patrol following a tip off from members of the local community, spotted a county government vehicle registration number 10CG016A suspected to be distributing supplies to bandits in the thickets of Funa Qumbi.

After giving chase and intercepting the vehicle, it was established that two of its occupants were county government employees.

The impounded vehicle and the suspects are being held at the Turbi police station.

One of the employees was in possession of an AK-47 assault riffle, with 10 rounds of 7.62mm calibre special.

“Detectives established that the county government vehicle was under the control of Sololo MCA Halkano Konsa, who immediately went into hiding but officers are hot on his trail.” Said DCI

Meanwhile, the suspects will be presented before court on Monday February 8th, while the riffle will be subjected to ballistic examination by the ballistic experts and adduced as an exhibit in court during trial.

Meanwhile, Marsabit County commissioner Paul Rotich has reiterated the government’s commitment to restore security and stability in the county.

“The government plans to undertake an elaborate security operation to mop up illegal firearms in the hands of civilians in order to safeguard lives and property for progress,” he said.

Rotich who is also the chairman of the county security and intelligence committee said stringent measures have been put in place to ensure no illicit firearm or ammunition gains entry or leaves the county through both conventional and illegal routes.


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