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Arsonists torch Freemason temple in Nyeri

20 November 2014, 13:06 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - A group of unknown people broke into Mount Kenya Freemason Temple at King’ong’o area, Nyeri County and burnt down property worth thousands of shillings.

The caretaker of the temple, John Matasa said the attackers burnt down religious books, chairs, tables, curtains and some utensils.

He said that he saw smoke billowing from the temple and some two men escaping through the fence at 5:00 AM.

He raised alarm but neighbours did not respond, prompting him to put off the huge fire single-handedly.

He called the fire brigade officers in Nyeri town who arrived 30 minutes later but could not salvage anything.

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“I raised the alarm but nobody responded. The fire brigade came after the fire had already destroyed everything,” said Matasa.

He said the attackers sneaked into the compound through the fence and subsequently broke into the temple through a window.

The shocked Matasa further said that the arsonists did not steal anything from the temple.

Police officers from Nyeri Central Police station went to the scene to assess the situation and left.

This is the third time the temple has been attacked after similar incidents of fire happened in 2007 and in July, 2013.

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