Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kenya arrests 7 suspected human traffickers in refugee camp

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan authorities say police have arrested seven Somali men for allegedly operating a human trafficking ring at a refugee camp in the country's east.

Northeastern Regional Coordinator Mohamed Saleh said Wednesday the suspects had been smuggling refugees from Dadaab refugee camp to Nairobi, where they used fake documents to leave for Europe and Canada.

A court has said police can hold the suspects for 10 days to complete investigations.

Kenya wants to close Dadaab, which hosts more than 200,000 Somali refugees, saying the camp has become a training ground for al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants based in neighboring Somalia. The government has offered no proof.

Al-Shabab has vowed retribution on Kenya for sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the extremists.