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Two lynched for burgling KPA official's house

30 July 2015, 11:57 John Kioko

Kwale - Two suspected thugs were killed Wednesday by a mob at Maganyakulo area in Matuga sub-county for stealing items from a Kenya Port Authority official on Tuesday night.

The notorious thugs are said to be operating from a base in Likoni.

A third suspect escaped death narrowly by boarding a matatu to Likoni as members of public chased after them at around 3:00 PM.

According to area Chief, Mohamed Gakuria, the three had stolen assorted items including electronics from a house in Maganyakulo.

“They stole a TV, radio, speaker, carpet, clothes and some books from a house belonging to Said Mtsumi on Tuesday night unnoticed. The family woke up to find their sitting room empty,” he said.

The Chief added that the victim alerted locals who traced the thugs' footsteps to the place they had hidden the items after realizing it was dawn before escaping.

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“Locals took back the items and set a trap knowing that the suspects would come back to collect them. When they showed up to collect the stolen items on Wednesday, they raised alarm," he added.

The officer noted that irate members of public descended on two of the suspects with blows and rungus after they failed to answer their queries, as their third colleague who was still on the roadside boarded a matatu and left the area for his safety.

He said that one of the suspects died on the spot while the second succumbed to injuries at Msambweni hospital where he was rushed by police for treatment.

Their bodies have been kept at the hospital mortuary facility.

The Chief said police arrived in time but residents had already killed the first suspect.

“The third suspect was still on the roadside accessing the situation and when he received a call from his colleagues that they had been discovered, he left immediately without being noticed,” said Chief Gakuria.

The Chief also noted that they are working closely with locals to trace their accomplices from the area.

“They must have locals who helped them to identify houses to steal because they are not well informed about the area. They usually steal and flee to their hideout in Likoni,” he added.

It is not the first time for such theft to happen in Maganyakulo and Kombani.

Local residents have been complaining of thieves who steal electronics from their sitting rooms unnoticed.

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