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Intelligence officer dies after being shot by army personnel

21 July 2015, 14:51 John Kioko

Mombasa - A national Intelligence Service (NIS) officer attached to Shimoni in LungaLunga Kwale has succumbed to bullet injuries after he was shot by Navy officers at Shimoni in Kwale County on May 22 this year.

Erastus Mwakisa succumbed to bullet injuries at a Mombasa hospital on Monday according to government officers.

The officer was shot thrice in the stomach by Kenya navy officers before being admitted in a Mombasa hospital for treatment since May 22 this year..

Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki on Tuesday confirmed the incident and said they are still doing investigation into the issue.

“It is true he is dead and for now we have not completed our investigation into the matter. We are still compiling the report,” he said.

Mwakisha is said to have been mistaken for a terrorist by Navy soldiers when they shot at him.

The fateful day when Mwakisha was shot, Navy officers had been informed of the presence of non-local youths spotted around their base.

Sources said that the officers then patrolled  the area and saw a group of youths passing by the beach but started running away before the officer shot in the air.

“The youths were around ten but four of them were arrested and established to be students of Shimoni Secondary school who had been sent by their parents for various chores,” said the source.

The gunshots then prompted the Shimoni OCS Abdullah Tato to call the NIS officer and military personnel for a briefing.

“The NIS officer did not however go to the station but instead proceeded to where the incident had happened and when the soldiers tried to stop him he couldn't and that is when they shot at him thrice,” he added.

He was then offered first aid before being taken to Msambweni referral hospital by a KWS vehicle.

The doctors however could not remove the bullets and referred him to a Mombasa hospital.

Since the Garissa University attack where about 147 students lost their life to terror attacks, there have been terror alerts in several places including Shimoni port.

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