Sabahi (Washington, DC)

27 June 2014

Kenyan Police Shot Dead Over 1,000 People in Past 5 Years

Kenyan police have shot dead more than 1,000 people in the past five years, according to a report released Thursday (June 26th) by the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU).

IMLU blamed security officers for the deaths of a majority of the 1,873 people who died in gun-related incidents between 2009 and 2013, Kenya's The Standard reported.

"More than 60% of the cases go without them giving reasons why a victim was shot or the circumstances under which the officer drew the firearm," said Eric Thuo, an IMLU official and one of the officers who conducted the survey. "It is a cliché that we hear that the suspects shot at us and our boys shot back or a suspect drew a gun at our officers."

The report showed that youths aged 20-29 comprise the majority of victims of gun deaths. More than 86% of the total deaths from gunshots happened in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, police announced that they will no longer rely on the National Intelligence Service (NIS) for crime updates, but will instead expand the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) for intelligence gathering.

This comes after recent high profile attacks in the country have been blamed on police failures to act on intelligence reports.

Inspector General David Kimaiyo also announced that the first phase of construction on a forensic laboratory is complete.

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