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Tanzanian gang kill one, injure five in Kwale night raid

04 July 2014, 15:18 John Musyoka

Kwale - Police in LungaLunga Kwale are hunting down an unknown number of armed gunmen who raided Kiwegu market Thursday night and killed a watchman.

Msambweni Administration Police commander, Wilson Gichuhi said that the gunmen are likely to be from the neighboring country of Tanzania.

He said they also stole KES 5 000 and an unknown number of mobile phones from a local businessman and injured him in the raid.

Addressing the media in Msabweni Friday, Gichuhi said that the gang which was armed with an unidentified type of firearms also seriously injured other people as they tried to escape.

“According to what we saw, the shooting took place. From the cartridges found at the scene, those firearms don’t belong to Kenya; they are from Tanzania,” said Gichuhi.

He said the gunmen, who seemed to have good knowledge of the area, arrived at Kiwegu market at around 10:00 pm where they killed the watchman of the shop before making their way inside.

Gichuhi said that Suleiman Salim, the owner of the show, sustained bullet injuries in his legs. One resident was left with panga cuts in his hand and another with broken leg.

Four other residents who responded to distress calls from Suleiman sustained gunshot wounds.

“Those injured were shot at by the gunmen when they came to rescue their neighbor who was under attack. They unfortunately sustained injuries,” said Gichuhi.

Kiwegu is about 3 kilometers from Jego police post and so the officers on duty responded quickly and repulsed the gunmen.

The officer added that the gunmen, who were also armed with pangas, disappeared into the darkness after realising that police officers had been alerted.

The victims are receiving treatment at Msambweni County Referral Hospital. The body of the deceased watchman was taken to Msabweni mortuary.

He said that police officers are currently combing the bushes in the are as the gunmen might be hiding there as well as the border between Kenya and Tanzania.

“We already know they used Tanzania firearms and so our officers are on the ground looking for them in suspected possible hideouts,” added Gichuhi.

The AP commander said that last week the same gang raided Jimbo village which borders Tanzania and Kenya before stealing, but one of them was later arrested.

“We feel they might be stealing in Kenya and hiding in Tanzania,” he noted.

Gichuhi urged locals to be vigilant and report any suspicious and new looking people in their villages so as to avoid such scenarios.

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