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Government grants amnesty to 30 Shabaab members

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The Kenya police has given amnesty to more than 30 young men who have had links with the Al Shabaab, three weeks after promising reprieve to those who surrender.Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe told reporters on Saturday that the police are working with the youth to ensure that Al Shabaab activities have been neutralised inside the country.Kiraithe said: “We are working with quite a number-put it at more than 30- the amnesty offer has been responded to quite well. They are giving us very useful information; some of them are refugees.”He called on more members of the Al Shabaab in Kenya to come out and give themselves up to the police.“We want more of them like we are having from Kenya and Somalia; we will keep their details confidential and we believe that the Al Shabaab are loosing foothold here in Kenya at a very fast rate,” he stated.Kiraithe said that the Al Shabaab have already been largely defeated in Kenya but also called on the public to be extra vigilant as the threat of terrorism is still present“We urge members of the public, hotel managers and mall managers not to reduce the level of vigilance because we are dealing with an exceedingly primitive criminal and one who know no bounds, where as we have been able to contain him so far we have to stay vigilant,” he urged.Three weeks ago, Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia called upon youths who had been radicalised by the militia group to take advantage of amnesty and surrender or suffer the same fate as Elgiva Bwire Oliacha...Click here

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