Over 200 Al-Shabaab recruits surrender, Nkaissery says

Joseph Nkaissery has said that over 200 Al-Shabaab recruits have surrendered
Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery in a past press briefing. PHOTO: File

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has said that over 200 youth who had joined Al-Shabaab militia group have surrendered to the government.

Nkaissery said the Al-Shabaab recruits surrendered during the amnesty window announced by the government as a means of ending radicalisation in the county.

Though he did not delve deeper into the matter, the Interior CS said that the government would not backtrack on its promise of amnesty to the recruits.

Nkaissery was speaking at Maili Tisa in Kajiado County during the burial of an army officer who was killed during the foiled terror attack in Lamu.

He said that the government is collecting intelligence in a bid to arrest the more than 30 terrorists who were injured during the foiled attack on a military base in Lamu last Sunday.

In April this year, Nkaissery announced a 10-day amnesty period for Al-Shabaab recruits who decide to denounce their stand.

The recruits were asked to register with their respective county commissioners within the ten days in order to be assured of immunity against prosecution.

The announcement was made a week after Al-Shabaab terrorists attacked Garissa University College killing 146 students and leaving over 100 others injured.

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