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Illegal firearms recovered during security operation in Marsabit

Security personnel involved in the current security operation in Marsabit County have recovered four illegal guns and 138 rounds of ammunition at Manyatta Chorora village in Saku constituency.

The recovery brings to 140 firearms and over 1,000 bullets illicit weapons retrieved from wrong hands since the Operation Rejesha Amani Marsabit started on 2nd of this month.

Four guns and 138 bullets recovered at Manyatta Chorora village in Saku Constituency. Photo by Sebastian Miriti

In an intense operation led by the commander in charge, Bernard Mbatha, a suspect who had just been arrested led the security team to a site where the weapons had been hidden.

Mr Mbatha told the press that the middle-aged suspect disclosed that he had dug a small trench and concealed the weapons underground.

“The suspect helped us in unearthing the weapons, of which two AK 47 assault rifles and two carbines plus 138 rounds of ammunition were recovered,” said the operation commander adding that other types of weaponry has also been recovered during the operation.

The security personnel had earlier on retrieved three rifles in Horoder and Bubisa areas as support from members of the public boosted to mop up illicit weapons in the hands of civilians.

The commander who was accompanied by the county police boss Robinson Mboloi and the Marsabit Central DCC David Saruni said it was encouraging to the government that the operation was bearing fruit given the large number of illegal firearms being recovered.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i had announced a one month dusk to dawn curfew in the county following a rise in crime.

By Sebastian Miriti

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