About 1,000 Somalis arrested in Kenyan police crackdown in Eastleigh


About 1,000 ethnic Somalis were arrested in two days Kenyan Police operation in Nairobi’s Eastleigh suburb and were taken to Kasarani Stadium outside Nairobi, RBC Radio reports.

Those arrested included men, pregnant women, young children of Somali origin, according to Somali Embassy officials in Nairobi.

The local media reported that the door-to-door operation which started on Saturday morning continued even Sunday morning as the media quoted security officials saying that the operation will not last until Kenya becomes secure enough from explosions.

The operation which came under the order of President Uhuru Kenyatta us likely to take one month, and aimed to clean up illegal Somali immigrants in Nairobi.

Kenyan government officials say those arrested will either be taken back to refugee camps in Kenya or be deported back to their home country with the guidance of the Somali Embassy in Nairobi.

Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed Ali Nur said the embassy is working to help return of Somali citizens who do not have valid documents to stay and live in Kenya.

Kenya has been experiencing a wave of explosions and other attacks, mostly in Nairobi which mostly claimed by Al Shabab militant group in Somalia.

Kenya sent its troops into Somalia in late 2011 to pursue what is said as an Al Shabab’s threat in Kenya, but the Al Qaeda linked group vowed that Kenya will get its fair share from its intervention in Somalia.