Kenyan police arrest hundreds of Somalis in Nairobi

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Kenyan police on Sunday night allegedly conducted a crackdown in Nairobi’s Eastleigh, a suburb that has a large Somali population following a grenade attack in the area.

Reports say police conducted door to door search in the neighbourhood and arrested hundreds of Somalis, mainly youths.

Hussein Abdi, a Somali national living in Eastleigh told Sunatimes police raided houses and detained Somali youths without asking for documents to determine their nationality.

The Kenyan government has not yet commented on the alleged crackdown against ethnic Somali population in the city.

Meanwhile business premises remained closed in Eastleigh, on Monday as police engaged riotous youths in running battles along in parts of the suburb in wake of the explosion.

Reports indicated that the youths were targeting civilians of Somali origin.

Anti-riot police were heavily deployed to the Eastleigh area in the mid-morning to repulse the stone-throwing youths, local media has reported.

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