The Star (Nairobi)

25 February 2013

Kenya: Soldier Rescued From Abductors

A top soldier was yesterday rescued by police from kidnappers who held him hostage for three days in what has emerged to be a new wave of kidnapping.

Major Peterson Njeru, of DoD headquarters, Nairobi, was freed from kidnappers on Sunday morning at 2am by Flying Squad's anti-kidnap unit. Two suspected kidnappers were shot dead.

Njeru who was snatched on Thursday as he was leaving his house in Kiamumbi Estate, Kahawa West, was trailed to a house in Gatundu where police also found one of the killed men who is said to have been armed with a pistol.

A second man who is also is yet to be identified and who police suspect is a member of a kidnap squad operating between Nairobi and Murang'a was shot dead on Saturday as he received ransom from the family of the victim in a Nairobi hotel.

Yesterday, head of Flying squad police unit Munga Nyale said one of the attackers was shot dead after he shot at policemen who raided the house where the soldier had been held captive.

Nyale said police suspect that the killled men were part of a kidnap squad operating between Zimmerman and Muranga town.The same group is said to be behind the kidnap and murder of two women where were attacked in Zimmerman estate last December.

Nairobi city council clerk Esther Wanjiru, 36, and Lydia Wambui, 35, were discovered dead by police in Thika last December hours after they were reported to have been kidnapped from their homes in Zimmerman estate.

Wambui who is a mother of one, worked as a saleswoman at Rachier and Company Advocates in Nairobi, while Wanjiru a mother of two worked as a ticket officer for the Nairobi City Council.

The two had been reported kidnapped at Kasarani Police station before their bodies were collected by Police at Mukeu pineapple plantation in Thika.

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