Kenyan police have been using ‘death squads’ to kill suspected radicals. They may even plant evidence to justify their killings. There are fears this may be further radicalizing some in the Muslim population in Kenya and making them more vulnerable to extreme views. This is similar to a situation in Somalia, Jeremy Scahill highlighted the role of death squads in Somalia in his film Dirty Wars. The death squads in Somalia seem to be heavily connected to the US. The following AlJazeera investigations discuss the nexus between radicalism, state sponsored ‘death squads,’ US involvement and extremism.:
Kenyan minister denies police ‘death squads’
Government spokesman rejects Al Jazeera investigation into extrajudicial killings of suspected “Muslim radicals”.
Kenya’s information minister has denied the existence of “death squads” within the country’s police force.
Counter-terrorism officers told Al Jazeera’s investigative unit that extrajudicial killings were sanctioned by the Kenyan government, and the chain of command reached all the way to the president’s office.
Officers confessed to being behind hundreds of extrajudicial killings a year, targeting what they referred to as “Muslim radicals”, and planting evidence to make victims appear like terror suspects.
Al Jazeera Investigates – Inside Kenya’s Death Squads
But speaking to Inside Story, Kenya’s Information Minister Fred Matiangi said: “The accusations of the police being involved in the killing of Muslim clerics and so on is just gossip, rumour and innuendo, pedalled by people who have a different kind of agenda.”
Inside Kenya’s Death Squads