Sabahi (Washington, DC)

2 January 2013

Kenya: Baragoi Bandits Use Women and Children As Human Shields

Baragoi bandits who killed 42 Kenyan police officers two months ago are using women and children as human shields to evade arrests, Kenya's The Standard reported Wednesday (January 2nd).

"We can see the stolen livestock when we fly over the area, but they are being tended to by women and children," said Rift Valley Provincial Police Officer John Mbijiwe. "By leaving the animals to women and children, they know that we cannot shoot them from the air. These are innocent women and children."

He said the landscape in Suguta Valley near Baragoi has hindered the recovery of the livestock from the ground.

Police have yet to arrest any of the bandits or recover the 40 guns stolen from the police officers. "We have not yet nabbed the real culprits who killed the officers and made away with their guns, but we will get them," he said. "It may take long, but we will eventually nail them dead or alive."

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