Sabahi (Washington, DC)

31 March 2013

Kenyan Police Record 26 Officer Deaths in Coast Last Year

Photo: Capital FM
Al-Shabaab: Police have accused MRC members of colluding with the Somali militia to cause unrest at the Coast (file photo).

Twenty-six Kenyan police officers have been killed in Coast region in the past year, often in violent confrontations with the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) and tribal gangs, Kenya's The Standard reported Saturday (March 30th).

"I have not seen anywhere in this country where a policeman or security agent has been valued," said Coast police boss Aggrey Adoli. "They are treated as if they are animals, yet they are human beings with families."

The list includes four policemen suspected to have been killed by MRC members in Mombasa during the March 4th elections.

Last year, at least nine police officers were killed in the Tana River Delta, where violence between the Pokomo and Orma communities killed more than 150 people.

Riots that broke out in Mombasa last August following the assassination of Islamist cleric Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohamed also left three police officers dead.

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