One of the three Kenyans who were abducted by Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants resurfaced in Wajir on Wednesday after trekking for over 70 kilometres for five days.
The driver identified as Mohamed Deqh was among those who were abducted last Wednesday in an attack on a police post in Wajir.
Degh arrived at the station on Wednesday at about 5pm and narrated to his superiors his ordeal in the hands of the attackers.
He said they were treated well for the time they were in the hands of the captors.
“He says they were fed with tea and white rice but they were blind-folded most of the time. None was tortured but it seems their interest was information,” said a senior administrator who talked to the driver.
The driver told police who interrogated him that they drove from Kenya blind-folded and made a stop after about five hours in a forest where they took tea before proceeding with their journey.
He said for the two days he was in the hands of the captors he managed to see the other abducted victims once and that he could not tell where they parted ways.
He told police he was set free on Saturday and sought the help of locals to know the direction of Kenya as he walked back.
Burder DO Jesse Mulee, Wajir South District Registrar of Persons boss Fredrick Wainaina are still in the hands of the captors.
The militia have released photos on the Twitter website claiming to be of the two who were abducted last week after the raid.
Degh was the driver of a private four-wheel drive car that was taken away with the government officials.
He had been hired to ferry the Registrar of Persons who was distributing identification documents.
A senior officer in the area said they needed to get more information from the driver as part of their efforts to know the motive of the attack.
It is believed the militia was revenging the killing of their commander who had been killed in a military attack in Gerile area of Somalia, police said.
In the counter-attack by the Somali militia six Kenyans including three police officers were killed.
Those killed in the Wednesday evening raid on Gerille police camp include Sergent Hassan Barre, Constables Paul Karanja and Wilson Ngare.
The slain police reservist was identified as Abdullahi Mohamed Abdi while the teacher was identified as Julius Gitonga.
An intelligence officer and area chief who were feared to be among the kidnapped emerged a day after the attack from the thickets where they had fled during the four hour raid.
Kenya has demanded the unconditional release of the two officials from al-Shabaab.
Commissioner of police Mathew Iteere said about 100 heavily armed bandits attacked Gerille Administration Police Post in Wajir South District at around 6.30pm.
The bandits stole firearms, ammunition and a car from the post. “The bandits also committed arson by burning several properties within the post,” said the commissioner.
Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in response to Kenya’s decision to send troops into Somalia last October.
Kenya deployed a large force in southern Somalia in mid-October in hot pursuit of Al-Shabaab militants whom it accused of endangering its security and economy.