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Al-Shabaab recruit surrenders to police in Garissa

By Hussein Ahmed

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Al-shabaab militants. Photo/File

Following the government’s extended amnesty to those who Joined Al-Shabaab, a 22 year old man who hails from Garissa county has surrendered to authorities in the area after trekking for kilometers from Somalia.

The man voluntarily showed up at a police station in a border town on Tuesday and is said to have joined the militia in 2011.

Speaking to journalists in office, acting Garissa County Commissioner Mr. James Kianda said that the man dropped out of school in class six and later joined the militants.

“We have interviewed him, and we are convinced that he is of sound mind. We believe he is an Al-Shabaab defector. He told us that he is tired of the group’s activities,” he said.

Mr Kianda added that the government will welcome all those who surrender and give them protection from any harm from the militia. They will also be helped and integrated back in to the society he added.

He was flanked by the County Police Commander Shedrack Maithya and the county director of criminal investigations Daniel Muleli.

The amnesty is part of raft of measures the government was taking in the wake of Garissa university college attack in which up to 147 people lost their lives.

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