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2 Kenya cops due in court for abduction of rebels

Updated Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 | 6:03 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says two police officers will be charged in court with the kidnapping of two officials of the Ethiopian rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

Nairobi Criminal Investigations chief Nicholas Kamwende said Monday witnesses identified the two Kenyan officers as having abducted of Sulub Abdi Ahmed and Ali Ahmed Hussein on Jan. 26 outside a restaurant in the capital, Nairobi.

An Ogaden Liberation Front official, who insisted on anonymity for his safety, says Ahmed and Hussein were part of Ogaden rebel team in Kenya for negotiations with the Ethiopian government. Court documents show that Kenyan police believe that after their abduction Ahmed and Hussein were taken to Ethiopia.

The rebels want an independent state for Ethiopia's Ogaden region, which is mostly inhabited by ethnic Somalis.