22 November 2012

Kenya: 20 Suguta Victims Identified

Police have identified twenty of the over forty bodies which were recovered and flown to Nairobi from the Suguta Valley. Eight of the bodies are yet to be identified.

According to the Deputy Police Spokesman Charles Owino Wahong'o, the bodies were identified by forensic and fingerprint data collected by pathologists following the killing.

"Twenty of the bodies have been positively identified. The process of forensic identification is ongoing on eight bodies. In this regard, we are appealing to the next of Kin and close family members t cooperate with the medics to ensure successful use of DNA identifications," Wahong'o said.

The Registrar of Persons identified nineteen of the officers with the use of fingerprints which had been submitted by Kilimani police station in whose jurisdiction the City Mortuary and Chiromo mortuary are.

One of the officers was identified by dental structure after his mother brought a tooth that had been extracted before his death. Police have said that the government will meet the costs of burial arrangements including coffin and transport costs.

Meanwhile, a counseling and trauma center for the bereaved families and officers admitted in hospital has been established in Vigilance house room 423. The office will also provide information on pensions and other benefits relevant to the deceased officers next of kin.

Police have said that 108 police officers and 49 reservists on a stolen animals recovery mission were attacked in an ambush laid by Turkana bandits.

Twenty eight police officers and eight reservists were confirmed dead while sixteen officer and five reservists were injured. Twelve police officers and four reservist have since been discharged from Kenyatta National Hospital.

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