9 December 2012

Kenya: UN Security Officer Brutally Murdered in Karuri

Photo: Mark Garten/UN
On the day of the official nomination of the new Secretary-General to succeed Secretary-General Kofi Annan, outiside the United Nations Headquarters, flags fly in the north end of the building, on a sunny fall day. 9/Oct/2006.

Nairobi — A United Nations security officer was brutally murdered in a car jacking incident in Nairobi's Karuri area at the weekend, before his body was tied up and left in his car.

The officer who was in his late 30's is believed to have been carjacked as he drove home from work at the UN headquarters in Gigiri after dropping friends.

"We have been told he lives around Pangani, so it looks like he was dropping friends within Karuri area when the carjacking occurred, he must have been driving back home when his vehicle was blocked," a police officer at Karuri police station said.

The officer explained that up to three motorists had been carjacked and robbed of money and valuables on Friday night when the incident occurred.

"One of the motorists told us that he was abandoned with his car when it ran out of fuel, and it was used to block the deceased man's car, he did not know what happened later," one officer said.

The vehicle was discovered at about 11 am on Saturday by residents, abandoned in a thicket within Karuri, having been vandalized with all headlights, bumpers, four tyres and even the spare wheel stolen.

His lifeless body lay at the back, and police believe he was hit by a blunt object at the back of his head.

Nothing was recovered from his pockets, but some items he is believed to have purchased earlier in the day at a supermarket were intact in the trunk of the vandalized vehicle.

"These criminals must have had a lot of time with them, they were in no hurry at all because it must have taken them long to vandalize the car," another officer said.

The vehicle with the man's body was towed to Karuri police station where residents flocked to view it before it was taken out and loaded onto a police truck.

It was later taken to the Lee Funeral home.

Nairobi Provincial Police chief Moses Nyakwama said no suspect had been arrested over the car jacking but crucial leads were being pursued.

"We have been given the description and it clearly fits that of the same group that is responsible for a series of carjacking incidents in town," Nyakwama said, vowing that "we will get them."

Cases of carjacking incidents are on the increase in Nairobi lately, with up to four incidents reported weekly--according to police statistics.

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