The two KDF soldiers are suspected to have links to Al-Shabaab.
They were arrested in Nanyuki Thursday while illegally transporting ammunition from Nairobi to Isiolo. The police officers who were acting on a tip-off recovered 750 special rounds of ammunition used in AK-47 rifles.
“We got information that the soldiers were boarding a Probox car to Isiolo and upon searching, we found a heavy container with the weapons. We first suspected the container had explosives,” said Laikipia East OCPD Kizito Mutoro.
The KDF soldiers, of the rank of Senior Private, were taken to Nanyuki Police Station and later handed over to the military police.
“We convened a meeting involving the military police and concluded that the KDF should take over the matter,” said the police boss.
Sources said the two would be handed over to the anti-terror unit if found to have links with Al Shabaab or Al Qaeda terror groups.
The arrests come barely two weeks after two men were arrested in Nanyuki and handed over to Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) for allegedly having links with Al Shabaab.
One suspect was arrested in Nanyuki town after he allegedly conducted a religious crusade with the intention of radicalising residents.
A second was arrested in Majengo slums in Nanyuki town while being recruited into Al Shabaab.
“Terrorism has become a global and household issue and Nanyuki is of interest because it is a metropolitan town along the highway… We are vulnerable to terrorism but we are alert. We urge the public to report any suspicious strangers,” said Mutoro as quoted by Standard.