November 21st 2017

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Six Police officers killed, four others seriously injured after ambush by bandits

The killings occurred on the day Baringo Senator Gideon Moi raised alarm over the resurgence of insecurity cases in the region and urged the government to intervene. This comes after four people were on Wednesday killed by suspected Pokot bandits at Lomaiywe village in Mochongoi division.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 12 Jul 2017 19:29 EAT

Police officers at the scene where six of their colleagues were shot dead by bandits in Laikipia today.

Six police officers were killed and four others seriously injured today after they were ambushed by bandits at Matuiku area in Laikipia West. County commissioner Onesmus Mwaniki said the affected officers are based at Kamwenje patrol base in Laikipia West. He said the officers were ambushed. "The county commander is heading to the ground and will issue comprehensive statement.'' he said.

Another Police source told the Kenya Free Press “Six police officers have been killed, while four have been injured. Those injured have been airlifted to Nairobi.”

The killings occurred on the day Baringo Senator Gideon Moi raised alarm over the resurgence of insecurity cases in the region and urged the government to intervene. This comes after four people were on Wednesday killed by suspected Pokot bandits at Lomaiywe village in Mochongoi division.

An unknown number of livestock were also stolen during the incident with one of the bandits being shot by police reservists in the area.

“The government must take this matter serious and intervene, insecurity in this region is becoming worse by the day,” Moi said.

The area had experienced insecurity challenges in recent weeks, leading to the killing of more than 30 people-including British rancher Tristan Voorspuy who was shot dead at his Sosian ranch prompting the government to deploy the military there. 

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