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Fears missing passenger in Somalia flight may have been a wanted fugitive and sneaked into the country

By NJ Correspondent:

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A cargo plane offloads miraa, a stimulant imported from Kenya at Somalia’s Adden Abdulle International airport in Mogadishu. Photo/File.

A passenger who could not be accounted for in a flight from Somalia on transit in Wajir on Wednesday may have been a wanted fugitive reports indicate.

The missing passenger is said to have gone missing at Wajir airport despite the passenger manifest indicating he boarded the Fly 540 flight from Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport.

Kenya police launched a manhunt for the suspect delaying the flight by almost four hours but the dragnet bore no fruits.

The man is now feared to have sneaked into the country.

Among passengers in the flight inconveniences by the hours of search and interrogation were Somalia’s Deputy Minister for health Osman Mohamed Abdi and State Minister for Presidency Mahad Mohamed Salad.

According to a Somali radio station, officials at the Aden Abdulle airport confirmed the man indeed departed from Mogadishu Wednesday morning.

Police are yet to releases more information on the man.

Planes from Somalia land in Wajir for security checks before proceeding to Nairobi.

Security is normally beefed up at the airport by hawk-eyed police officers at the Wajir airport despite its location within the local military camp.



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