13 November 2012

Kenya: Bodies of Police Killed in Baragoi Arrive in Nairobi

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Casket, at gravesite.

The bodies of police officers killed by armed bandits in Baragoi, Samburu on Saturday have arrived at Wilson airport in Nairobi by police chopper. The remains have been transported to Chiromo mortuary.

Speaking at Wilson airport, police spokesman Erick Kiraithe said the police will talk to relatives of the victims first before releasing a statement.

Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere who was also at the airport said that the police have begun operations to get the killers and the stolen livestock.

Meanwhile, Human rights groups under the umbrella of the Police Reforms Working Group (PRWG) have demanded an investigation into the killing of over 30 police officers by suspected cattle rustlers.

In a press statement the Kenya Human Rights Commission senior programmes officer, George Morara, said the group has called on the National Police Service Commission and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority to carry out "investigation on how a large number of police officers sent to the 'battlefront' can be killed, yet they are supposed to be well prepared and equipped to deal with the various security challenges that Kenya as a country is grappling with"

The group has also called for accountability from intelligence agencies and have demanded for an explanation over the disconnect between intelligence services, the police and other security agents.

The number of police officers killed in the Saturday attack at Baragoi, Samburu rose to 32 following the discovery of seven more bodies at the scene yesterday.

Police spokesman Erick Kiraithe blamed the deaths on an ill - equipped police force while being interviewed for the Inspector General of Police job.

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