Two stolen firearms recovered in Diani


Kwale, KENYA: Police in Diani Kwale county have recovered two firearms and 73 rounds of ammunition hidden in a bush.

One of the firearms is said to belong to slain officers killed in Diani Manning church by suspected al-Shabaab militants.

One of the guns of serial no. kp 4912765, while the other one is said to be defaced. Alos, 2AK magazines were recovered.

Two motorcycles with registration no. KMDR 002m and KMDV 763G were also found at the scene.

The weapons were recovered in Bongwe forest believed to be a hideout of Al-Shabab returnees in Kwale.

Two kitchen knives and two motorcycles which the suspects used to carry the attack were found and police suspects al-Shabaab have been living in the forest.

Police believed five suspected al-Shabaab militants who were in the hideout escaped the police dragnet.

The two officers were killed while manning back church in Ukunda on Sunday 2 September at around 10 am.

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According to Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit they got intelligence reports from members of the public that there was a gang hiding in a thicket.

Chebusit said that they mobilized officers patrolling the area who laid an ambush on the suspects.

The police chief said that they suspect the suspects use the knives to scare M-Pesa attendants when they rob them and flee on the motorcycles.

He said they have launched an operation to pursue the criminals and they will use the mobile phone the recovered to trace the suspects.

Additional reporting by Lawrence Sita