Police investigate firearm found stashed in a thicket

Police investigate firearm found stashed in a thicket

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An assault riffle recovered stashed in a thicket. PHOTO: WELDON KEMBOI.

Kwale, KENYA: Police in Kwale county are conducting investigations to determine the owner of an assault riffle that was recovered stashed in a thicket by unknown suspects.

Rama Ramtu Nyota, a resident of Timboni area in Kinango, Kwale; recovered the riffle on Saturday and later reported the matter to police at Kinango police station; prompting the police to visit the area.

Kwale county police boss Keneth Kimathi told Baraka FM the riffle was wrapped in red polythene; adding that five rounds of ammunition and a magazine was found intact with the firearm.

“We have forwarded the details of the firearm to the headquarters for ballistic experts to examine the weapon,” said the police boss.

Mr Kimathi said no arrests have been made so far but investigators were in top gear to establish the motive of the abandoned firearm.

A police source told Baraka FM the weapon could be linked linked to terrorism and especially the suspected returnees said to to have returned from Somalia.

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Village elders and security agents have been killed in recent days in Kwale by suspected Alshabbab returnees for helping police to fight the insurgents.