October 21, 2011 / 8:54 AM / in 7 years

Kenya arrests two in Nairobi during Somalia push

Al Shabaab's military spokesman Sheik Abdul Asis Abu Muscab issues a statement south of capital Mogadishu October 19, 2011. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya has arrested two doctors on terrorism-related charges in a Nairobi neighbourhood with a large Somali community, police said on Friday, as Kenyan troops pressed on with an incursion into Somalia itself targeting al Shabaab insurgents.

Kenya launched the air and ground incursion on Sunday to flush out Islamist rebels from its porous frontier area after a series of kidnappings of foreigners in Kenya.

“We have arrested some doctors, they are appearing in court today. They are two, arrested in connection with terror,” deputy police spokesman Charles Owino told Reuters.

Owino said the two had been detained in the Eastleigh suburb — which has a large Somali populaton from both Kenya and Somalia — earlier this week but declined to give details of the charges until they had been read out in court.

However, he said authorities are also conducting operations within Kenya to arrest anyone with connections to Somalia’s al Shabaab group. “We are cracking down everywhere. Within the country and in Somalia,” Owino said.

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