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AP officer injured by robbers airlifted to Nairobi for treatment

23 June 2015, 11:06 Ben Wafula

Bungoma - An Administration Police officer who was injured Sunday night by heavily armed gunmen has been airlifted to Nairobi for specialized treatment.

The victim escaped death by a whisker after the police vehicle he was driving was sprayed with 10 bullets as they responded to distress calls in Chwele market.

Confirming the incident, Bungoma County Commissioner Mohamed Maalim said that the officers on patrol heard gun shots and rushed to the scene before they were ambushed by the robbers.

He was briefly treated at Bungoma County Referral Hospital before the doctors referred him to Nairobi.

“The heavily armed criminals ambushed our officers when they arrived at the scene and sprayed their vehicle with bullets. It's during this incident that one of our officers was shot on the legs and the right shoulder,” said Maalim.

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He confirmed that the officer was in stable condition and thanked doctors at Bungoma County Referral hospital for their quick response in saving his life.

Maalim lamented that the escalating robbery with violence targeting traders at Chwele market was as a result of keeping money at their houses, saying that they have not heeded to his advice of saving money in banks or police armoury for safe custody.

“We are not encouraging keeping of money in our houses as this attracts criminals. Let the money be kept in police armoury as we engage banks to open their branches at Chwele market,” posed Maalim.

Maalim said that intelligence reports has it that the firearms that are being used to carry out the attacks are from Mt Elgon and owned by remnants of the ex dreaded militia, Sabaot Land Defense Force.

He said that if the situation does not change, they will be forced to carry out the Dumisha Amani operation in Mt Elgon in a bid to recover illicit firearms.

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