The Star (Nairobi)

5 January 2013

Kenya: Officer Loses Tooth in Clash

A police constable lost a gun after he was attacked by a gang of matatu operators as he attempted to impound a vehicle that had been involved in an accident in Kakamega on Thursday night.

Oliver Toroitich also lost a tooth in the clash during which a wallet containing Sh5000, a police ID card and a mobile phone. Police later recovered the Ceska pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition from a person they only referred to as "a good citizen".

The officer was treated at Western Provincial General Hospital and discharged. Officers who were on the ambush told the Star the officer came across a Nissan matatu that had been involved in an accident along the Kisumu-Kakamega road at the prisons area.

The officer is said to have tried to intervene in the altercation between the matatu driver and the saloon car owner.

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