Two people were on Sunday, February 21 night arrested in Merti, Isiolo County, after they were found in possession of illegal weapons.
Abdi Fatah Ibrahim and Yusuf Mohamed were arrested after a joint security team patrolling the Duma-Yamicha Road intercepted their vehicle.
The joint team of the joint team of officers from DCI Merti and Yamicha Police Post spotted two suspicious Toyata Probox cars, and signaled them to stop.
Instead of heeding to their order, the two vehicles sped off. A hot pursuit ensued and two occupants in one of the cars, Reg. No. KCY 576H, opened fire at the officers.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) says that the officers responded by exchanging rapid shots in self defense.
The two were eventually cornered, forcing them to surrender. One AK47 rifle, 128 rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades were nabbed from the vehicle.
“Cornered, the suspects surrendered and were arrested, where a search in their car saw the recovery of the said exhibits, including five magazines & 9 magazine pouches, a military jungle belt, two mobile phones and several pen knives,” says the DCI.
The other vehicle managed to get away, but detectives are searching for it and its occupants.
The arrested suspects are undergoing interrogations, with the Bomb Disposal Unit and Anti-Terrorism Police Unit pursuing the case.