The Star (Nairobi)

22 December 2012

Kenya: No Arrests Made Yet in Garissa Shootings

Police in Garissa are yet to make any arrest in relation to Thursday night killings. Garissa OCPD George Losku said that police "were still following up on crucial leads that would assit arrest the suspects".

A National Bank teller, an Information ministry employee and another unidentified man were shot in separate incidents.

In the first shooting that happened along Kenyatta Avenue near Kwa Chege hotel where two gunmen on foot shot dead Ben Kihanga before proceeding to kill another man outside the Jamia Mosque.

The man has yet to be identified. The third person identified as John Kamau was killed behind the towns commercial street.

According to Timothy Kihiu, who was shot on the thighs, the attackers approached from behind and opened fire. "We had just left Kwa Chege hotel where we had had our supper and watched the 7 pm news bulletin. As we were walking a man come from behind and pointed a pistol my colleague's head. The moment realised what was happening I decided to run only for them to follow me with gun shots. I only later come to realise that they had shot me in the thighs," said the visibly terrified Kihiu who works with the national bank.

The gunmen, who were on foot, calmly walked away after he shooting. the first two shootings happened simultaneously within a radius of less than 300 meters.

Witness told the Star the assailants who were all of middle age. Garissa provincial hospital Dr Musa Mohamed aid that victim "was responding well to tretenemnt hospital.

"The victim currently admitted at the theater where he is undergoing surgery on his thighs that were hit by bullets, lucky enough the bullet did not get the bones but only the flesh, he is responding well to treatment "said Mohamed.

The bodies of those killed were taken to the mortuary at the Garissa provincial hospital. The killings are another blot on security of Garissa where, criminals who are believed to be Al Shabaab sympathisers, are now taking advantage of fewere police patrols to commit more crimes.

Two weeks ago two people - a Kenya Defence Force soldier and a member of the district peace committee were shot dead in Garissa Ndogo area. No arrest has been made in relation to the incident.

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