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Policeman thrashed by villagers who mistook him for a terrorist

16 April 2015, 13:26 Philomenah Chebet

Bungoma - A policeman from Mt Elgon in Bungoma County is recuperating in hospital after being beaten up by members of the public who allegedly mistook him for a terrorist.

The officer, who is based at Kaptama post police, was beaten senseless by residents of Chepkerer village, when he went to arrest a suspected criminal in the area. He was in the company of his three other colleagues.

“An alarm was raised that terrorists had struck the area. Some villagers cornered the officers who were in plainclothes and descended on them with blow and kicks. Three officers in panic managed to escape leaving behind their colleague,” an area resident told News24.

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“The cop was thoroughly beaten up and bundled into a house. He was rescued by his colleagues at 3am the next morning (Sunday) and rushed to hospital,” added the resident who requested anonymity.

Bungoma County commissioner, Maalim Mohamed confirmed the incident and said those behind the ordeal will face the full force of the law.

“It was an unfortunate incident and the perpetrators will be dealth with accordingly,” the County commissioner told journalists.

Mohamed at the same time asked security agents in the County and especially Mt Elgon to properly identify them as they go out on patrols and other duties to avoid such incidents.

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