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Police free two Nation reporters in Mombasa

Police in Mombasa have released without charges two Nation reporters who were arrested while on duty.

Bamburi police station OCS Stanley Muinde on Thursday said the two were arrested after the contractor of a hotel in Shanzu complained that the journalists were taking photos and footage illegally.

The arrests of NTV senior Coast cameraman Karim Rajan and Daily Nation photographer Laban Walloga were supervised by a senior police officer.

The hotel is associated with a top government official.

ESCAPE AN ATTACK

The two were with a Daily Nation reporter Winnie Atieno who managed to escape an attack by the workers.

According to a video footage taken by Ms Atieno, the workers are seen mishandling Mr Rajan and Mr Walloga before confiscating their gadgets.

The workers later fight Mr Rajan who was trying to stop them from grabbing his gadgets.

Mombasa police commander Johnston Ipara had said: “I do not want to be involved in that issue.”

Sources said the order for the arrest of the came from “above”.