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Four APs and tax officials arrested by Somalia forces

Thursday February 14 2013


Eight government officials were arrested after they strayed into Somalia on Tuesday night.

The four Kenya Revenue Authority officials and four police officers left Liboi on Tuesday evening to patrol Abdisugow and Hamey areas along the Kenya-Somalia border but strayed into Somalia where they were arrested by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldiers.

The soldiers later handed them over to Kenyan troops at the Hosingo military camp and the eight were interrogated for two days.

AP spokesman Masoud Munyi said on Thursday that the officers unintentionally crossed to the other side of the border as there are no geographic features to mark the boundaries. He however said that they were not arrested.

“They remained there for one day because they needed to be escorted back to Kenya,” said Mr Masoud.

The KRA officers were identified as Messrs Benedict Omondi, Kennedy Odero and John Mwiti.


The police officers include Mohammed Abdi Adan, Hassan Ibrahim Osman, Kipngeno Cheruiyot and Abdirahaman Tacho.

Elsewhere in Nairobi, a police officer based at the Kilimani police station is recovering at the hospital after he was shot and injured by thugs who raided a restaurant in Kilimani on Tuesday night.

Constable Paul Kiplagat was shot on the left leg at the Sunshine Restaurant along Jabavu road by six thugs who were escaping after trying to steal from the restaurant.