13 November 2012

Kenya: Ipoa to Investigate Samburu Killings

Baragoi residents have begun to flee the area after the arrival of the troops in the region. The government deployed security forces to track down ... ( Resource: Residents in Northwest Kenya Flee Army )

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority yesterday announced that it will launch independent investigations into the killing of 31 police officers by armed bandits in Baragoi, Samburu.

The authority said it will interview injured police officers to establish what transpired in Baragoi and to provide recommendations. Ipoa will then inform the public of the outcome of the investigations and make recommendations.

The authority was established in June to provide civilian oversight to the work of police including monitoring police operations. This will be Ipoa's first major investigation into police operations since its establishment and it will be expected to make recommendations to the government and other state organs on ways of promoting policing in the country.

The death toll of the attack has risen to 31 after more bodies were recovered in the area during a major police operation following the killings.

Police spokesman Eric Kiraithe yesterday said additional bodies have been recovered. Kiraithe said the operation to track down the bandits is ongoing.

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