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Two arrested siphoning fuel, accomplices flee through underground tunnel

Detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Wednesday arrested two suspects found siphoning fuel from a drilled petroleum pipeline in Kathangaita, Machakos county.

The DCI, in a statement, said that the drilled underground pipeline was concealed in a 50 by 50 plot that is “fenced with iron sheets.

“Upon search, a Mitsubishi Canter with a tank written ‘clean water’ was being loaded with the fuel,” read the statement in part.

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Other suspects reportedly escaped through an underground tunnel at the plot.

The DCI further said that a manhunt for the other suspects has been launched.

The incident comes just a day after 16 people engaging in fuel adulteration were arrested in Industrial Area by officers from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (ERPA).