One killed, two injured in shootout after youths attack station
12 February 2016, 08:08
Vihiga - One person was shot dead and two others injured after officers from Kilingili police post in Sabatia, Vihiga County, engaged rowdy youths that were baying for their blood.
The Thursday midday spectacle saw angry boda boda youths at Kilingili market centre attack the police station to push for the transfer of the OCS.
In the process, 30-year-old Victor Enonda lost his life after inspector Omolo Odera sprayed bullets on him while trying to shoot in the air to disperse the crowd.
“Police at the station have been terrorising motorbike operators virtually every day in this market. When youths marched towards the police station, the OCS took a gun from one of his colleagues and sprayed bullets directly into the crowd,” said Mackinon Asunga, a resident of the market centre.
He added, “We are tired of this maltreatment by the police.”
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According to Police Coordinating Commander, the OCS had arrested one of the boda boda youths the previous day for obstructing a police vehicle.
“Area leaders decided to go to the police station to demand release of the motorcyclist, but when he was told that due process will be taken in releasing him, they mobilised youths who wanted to attack the station,” said Odhiambo.
Odhiambo said police used live bullets as last resort in dispersing rowdy youths as teargas had not helped.
Tension remained high in the market centre for the better part of the day with police officer guarding heavily the police station that youths wanted to burn.
The dead person’s body was taken to Vihiga Hospital mortuary while those injured are recuperating at the hospital.
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