(Xinhua) -- Somali militant group, al-Shabab on
Wednesday released two Kenyans whom they had kidnapped last week
from a village in Wajir County in the northeast region.
Mohamed Birik, Northeastern regional
commissioner confirmed the release of the two camel herders
following successful negotiations between two clans in Somalia.
The two were abducted on Nov. 22.
Birik said the herders arrived safely
in Khorof Kharar, noting that the government has stepped up
security in border towns to avert cross-border incursions by al-Shabab
“We have deployed more security
personnel on the border areas to prevent a similar incident.
Patrols have been enhanced at large,” said the government
Residents said the herders were
abducted after they resisted to pay zakat (Islamic tax or
offering) to the militant group that had come to Konton town in
According to the residents, the
militants had been roaming in the area for at least two days
before kidnapping the herders and crossing with them into
The unknown number of militants, who
accused the herders of grazing animals at the Somali border,
also took away six camels belonging to the herders.
According to local officials, the
incident prompted elders from Degodia-Fai that reside in Wajir
to visit the Marehan elders in Somalia to negotiate for the
release of the two who were abducted along the Kenyan border
while grazing their animals.
The elders managed to secure the
release of the victims after five days of negotiations but did
no secure the release of their camels.
Birik called on the residents to be
vigilant and always share information with security agencies to
help flush out the al-Qaeda allied terrorist group.