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Kenya police launch search for fugitive Somali soldier

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Police have launched a manhunt for a Somalia Government soldier who escaped from custody in Kenya over the weekend.

Khalid Ahmed Mohammed, 19, deserted duty and crossed to Kenya with an AK47 rifle loaded with 20 rounds of ammunitions.

He was arrested at the Dif border town and placed in custody at the Liboi Police Station.

Senior officers from Somalia and Kenya’s Department of Military Intelligence went to Liboi on Sunday and interrogated the deserter for hours.

He disappeared from custody the same night.

Constables John Bosco Kilokwe and Lemmy Ngala, who were manning the report office and the cells respectively, reported to their seniors early Monday morning of the soldier's mysterious escape from custody.

According to their account, they realised the cell’s padlock was missing at around 5am (+3GMT) and the suspect had fled.

A search for the suspect was immediately mounted, but he has not been rearrested.

The two police constables are in custody in Dadaab as investigations and the search continue.



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