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Woman murdered in cold blood

28 February 2013, 17:42 Ngarae Elias

A middle aged woman was on Wednesday killed and her body dumped on a footpath near Kerugoya district hospital staff quarters.

Scores of panic - stricken residents rushed to the scene when they got wind of the brutal murder and police had a hard time controlling them.

The identity of the deceased could not be established immediately.

Emotions ran high as police took the body of the victim believed to have been strangled to death by unknown gangsters to the mortuary.

The residents broke down and wept uncontrollably while others expressed fear that a terror gang had struck.

"We fear that a gang that has been targeting women in the area might have resurfaced," one of the residents said.

The body of the victim was spotted in the morning by hospital employees who were going to their place of work and fled in panic.

They alerted the police who went to the scene to carryout investigations into the killing that left everyone in a shock.

Area head of police Patrick Oduma said the killers could not be established immediately adding that investigations had been launched.

Oduma said the woman could have been killed elsewhere and the body dragged to the area to cover up evidence.

He appealed to the residents to cooperate with the police so as to identify the killers.

Oduma asked any family that might have lost relatives to report the matter to the police so that they could be given chance to view the body for identification.

Former Kirinyaga Central Member of Parliament Gachoki Gitari condemned the killing and told the police to get to the bottom of the matter,
saying the matter was serious and the police should not leave any stone unturned.

"In the past, many women were eliminated by well-organised gangsters and it is likely the killers have resurfaced," he said.

Gitari said he was shocked when he received the sad news while on a campaign trail that another woman had been killed.

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