By Salim Mutuma

Tension is rife among miraa traders in Maua, Meru County following the abduction of two miraa drivers along Wajir-Garissa highway by suspected Al-Shabaab militants five days ago.

Sources intimated that the drivers were ordered at gunpoint to stop by the militants while on their way to Liboi.

The suspected militants called the traders’ employer and demanded Sh3 million ransom but reduced the amount to Sh1.5 million three days later threatening to sell his Toyota Land Cruiser in Somalia if he did not comply.

The two, identified as Mohamed Som and Bashe Mohamud, were released on Saturday evening under unclear circumstances.

Mr Ayan Dubo, the owner of the truck, said the commodity went into waste during the period his drivers were held hostage and decried little efforts by the security team despite reporting the incident.

He lamented increased cases of insecurity in the area saying it is now becoming scary transporting their produce to the areas where the militants have mounted camps along the roads.

The incident comes barely two months after four people died in a suspected terror attack when a miraa driver defied orders from the militants masquerading as security officers on Rhamu-Elwak road in Mandera County.

Police reports indicate that one of the four was a member of the terror group who was knocked down by the speeding vehicle before his colleagues started firing on the moving lorry.


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