Kenyan court frees a New Zealander with Somali origin after an arrest near the border

Hiiraan Xog, A court in North Eastern Kenya has finally freed a New Zealander with Somali origin held in police custody for several days after suspicion of links with armed group al-Shabaab.

Sulub Warfaa, 36, spoke to journalists outside the court in Garissa, North Eastern Kenya shortly after his release saying he has nothing to do with the group.

“Just because I was born in Mogadishu does not mean that I am a terrorist,” he said.

Warfa added that the officers were doing their work and his happy now that he got his freedom back.

“I’m really happy that I am free, you know, and actually finally justice has been served, ” he said.

He was arrested near Kenya’s border with Somalia for allegedly possessing two passports with different names.

Warfa was detained with 10 other people in a sweep on suspected al-Shabaab near the Dadaab refugee camp, which houses many Somali refugees.

The crackdown followed an attack in January on a hotel complex in Nairobi in which 21 people were killed and many others wounded. The Thai owned DusitD2 hotel attack was claimed by al-Shabab.

The group which is also fighting to topple Somali government is carrying out attacks inside Kenya in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops in southern Somalia.





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