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Kenyan leader's carjacked motorcade vehicle found

Kenyan presidential security escort President Uhuru Kenyatta's car - March 2013 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Vehicles that belong to the Kenyan president's security detail are supposed to be highly guarded

A carjacked vehicle belonging to the Kenyan president's security convoy has been found in Uganda.

The BMW car was taken at gunpoint last Wednesday night in the capital Nairobi.

The director of Interpol in Uganda, Assan Kasingye, told the BBC that the vehicle would now be driven back to Nairobi.

The latest Kenyan police figures show that there are at least three carjackings reported in Kenya's capital every day.

The BBC's Paul Nabiswa in Nairobi says the theft received widespread media coverage in Kenya, despite a spokesman for President Uhuru Kenyatta trying to play down its significance.

The spokesman had said it was not part of any motorcade at the time and was only a police vehicle.

But Kenyan newspapers revealed it was being driven by a serving police inspector who is part of presidential security staff, our reporter says.

The inspector was confronted by four armed men who forced him into the back of the vehicle and drove off, Kenya's Nation newspaper reports.

He was left outside a police training college in an eastern district of Nairobi six hours later, it adds.

Kenyan media reports say at least three people have already been arrested in connection with the theft in Nairobi, Nakuru, north-west of the capital, and Bungoma, a town on the border with Uganda.

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