The Star (Nairobi)

24 November 2012

Kenya: Woman Kidnapped in Murang'a Released

A woman who had been abducted at a Murang'a village on Tuesday night has been released Njoki Irungu was dumped at Kenol town on Thursday evening. He later found her way home.

However, Murang'a County Commissioner Kula Hache said the victim's family is unwilling to of give information to the police on the incident.

He said the police want to know how the incident happened or whether the gang asked for any money and whether they complied with the demands.

Hache accused the family of not cooperating with the police. Njoki was abducted just a day after a man who had been abducted was released.

Police suspect the gang, which took away the woman from her shop in Ndikwe village in Murang'a East t on Tuesday evening, is the same which had kidnapped Edward Macharia Maina who was released on Monday night.

Witnesses said Njoki was kidnapped by the gang which had posed as customers and forced out of her shop into a waiting vehicle. Her family has been attacked by gangsters for five times this year.

The incident happened at around 7 pm while she was busy working in her shop and the vehicle which took her later drove off. Just last week on Wednesday evening, Maina was kidnapped at Mukuyu market near Murang'a town and his abductors demanded Sh5 million for his release.

He was set free on Monday at midnight but the family did not say whether it had complied with the gang's demands or not. Three weeks earlier, Mary Wanjiku Kuria, 64, from Kongo-ini village near Mukuyu market was abducted and the family parted with Sh250, 000 for her safe release.

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