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At least seven suspects linked to deadly attacks in Kapedo have been arrested. The National Police Service says the ongoing security operation in the area is bearing fruits even as it disclosed that 35 firearms have been recovered by the Multi-agency team deployed in the area.

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The government is however clear that the attackers are not acting alone.  Police Spokesperson Charles Owino says criminal groups are under instructions from some people and are being financed to carry out targeted attacks in the area.

“The National Police Service wishes to put the financiers of cattle rustling on notice that their days are numbered,” Owino warned

Owino regretted what he termed as a surprise turn of events where locals have turned against police officers meant to protect them.

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He cited the murder of GSU Deputy Director of Operations Emadau Tebakol who was killed while on his way back from a peace mission as an example of the latest assault on officers deployed in the area.

“We have seen continuous killing of police officers undertaking the noble duty of protecting common mwananchi.” He said

While delivering an update on the security situation in Kapedo, a tough-talking Owino charged that this will not be tolerated and that the operation to flush out all criminals residing in the marked hotspots will be sustained in the coming days until normalcy is restored.

“The National Police Service is currently carrying out operation in Kapedo and Arabal in order to bring the killers to book, recover illicit arms and stolen animals.” Owino disclosed Friday

According to Owino, persons who previously carried out banditry activities have turned criminals for hire to be used by individuals or groups for their own interests.

Indeed, Owino insists that the attacks in Kapedo have demonstrated a pattern of planning noting that they are being sponsored by some individuals whose identity the state will soon make public.

“It is important to note that cattle rustling has advanced from a traditional component to a commercial enterprise where very wealthy and influential individuals are financing the crime.” He said

The police spokesperson says locals have been asked to voluntarily surrender illicit arms to police even as he gave an assurance that those who will heed to this call will not be prosecuted.

He further refuted claims of human rights violations in the ongoing security operation in Kapedo.

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