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Shabaab terrorist surrenders to cops after daring escape from Somalia

By KNA May 7th, 2015 1 min read

A suspected Al Shabaab terrorist surrendered to the Garissa County Commissioner Thursday afternoon after making a daring escape from the Somalia-based terrorist group.

The 22-year-old who dropped his primary education in Garissa midway to join the Al-Qaeda linked terrorist group in 2011 was received by the County Security Committee late in the evening before being taken to an undisclosed location.

The acting Garissa County Commissioner James Kianda said the exhausted young man trekked for several days through the rugged terrain before surrendering himself on Tuesday at a border police post.

Mr Kianda, who was flanked by regular police commander Shedrack Maithya, the county Criminal Investigation Officer Daniel Muleli and the National Police Service County Commander Rashid Abdullahi Yakub, said the security of those who surrender before the expiry of the amnesty will be guaranteed and ‘we shall treat the in a dignified way.’

He said the security team interrogated the young man “and we are convinced that he is of sound mind and was a member of Al Shabaab”.

Mr Kianda, who divulged little information on the defector because of his safety, appealed to youths in Garissa who joined Al Shabaab to surrender.

“Any youth who for one reason or the other joined Al Shabaab should present themselves to nearest police station or security agency without any fears of been prosecuted, ” he added.

He said those who surrender will be integrated into their society so that they can pick up from where they left.