Tanzanian police arrest 11 for undergoing al-Shabaab military training

Tanzanian police in Mtwara region have arrested 11 people suspected of taking part in al-Shabaab military training, Tanzania’s The Citizen reported Tuesday (October 8th).

“We were tipped off a week ago that there was a group of people undergoing intensive military drills in the forest. We acted swiftly and nabbed them,” said Regional Police Commander Zelothe Stephen at a news conference on Monday.

The suspects were arrested at Makolionga Mountain in Nanyumbu District in possession of locally made firearms and 25 digital video discs containing al-Shabaab training manuals, Stephen said.

Police are still interrogating the suspects, who range in age between 18 and 39, and are all from Nanyumbu District. The suspects will appear in court once the investigations are complete, Stephen said.

Additional detectives have been deployed to Mtwara to beef up security following the operation.

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