The Star (Nairobi)

18 July 2012

Kenya: AP Killed in Attack At Refugee Camp

An administration police officer was on Monday evening shot dead and another injured when armed bandits attacked their vehicle at Mathah Baghai, 16 kilometres from Daghaley refugee camp. The five officers were ambushed while patrolling Liboi and Daghaley at 5pm. The officers had stopped for a while to take a rest when they were attacked by the gang of about 10 men.

According to Liboi location chief Mahadhi Gure was among the first people to arrive at the scene. "The bandits had hidden themselves in a nearby bush waiting for the police Landrover to pass," said Gure. "We did not know these people were around. All of a sudden we heard gun shots from our left side," said one of the officers who was in the vehicle. He asked not be identified. The dead officer was shot in the head. He was only identified as Karanja.

The injured, who was taken to Daadab District Hospital, was shot in the neck. He added: "Things happened so fast, by the time we tried retaliating they had already disappeared in the bush,". Unconfirmed reports indicate that the police officers were trailing sugar that had been smuggled from Somalia. They were using the Liboi division office's vehicle.

Confirming the incident Daadab DC Albert Kimathi said security officers drawn from the GSU, regular and administration police hav been dispatched to look for the bandits. The incident comes a week after police officers in Mandera were attacked in a similar manner. The suspected al shabaab members were all armed. They attacked the police Land rover at Omar Billow five kilometres from Arabia trading center. In the attack the two officers including the driver were seriously injured. Mandera East deputy OCPD Michael Mbalughu who was also in the vehicle escaped unhurt. It is believed this is the latest ploy by terror groups which are targeting security officers.

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