Police officers killed in Baragoi hits 42
The number of Kenya police officers killed in a raid has hit 42 but Police commissioner Mathews Iteere says the number is 25 with seven missing police officers.
Kenya’s Capital FM quoting AFP said the number has risen to 42 after more bodies were found in Suguta Valley. The bodies of seventeen policemen were still lying at the scene of attack while thirteen others were taken to the Baragoi district hospital mortuary earlier today.
The group of rustlers police were pursuing were already suspected of killing 13 people in another raid on October 30.They had been given an ultimatum to return the stolen cows but the deadline had expired.
Iteere said the number of officers pursuing the raiders was 150. This is the largest casualty of police officers killed in a raid. Two months ago seven policemen were killed in attacks between the Orma and Pokomo in Tana River clashes.
Police spokesman Erick Kiraithe had said during cross-examination for the job on Inspector General of Police that the policemen had been tactless in pursuing the Turkana raiders. But His boss Iteere was quick to say that was not the case but they had been ambushed.
Nine survivors of the Saturday bandit attack in Samburu are still fighting for their lives at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The nine who were wounded in the newly created Baragoi constituency were flown to Nairobi by government for specialised treatment.
They included four APs, one GSU, two anti-stock theft officers and two police reservists. The number of officers feared dead following the Saturday attack by rustlers from the Turkana community who had made away with livestock early last month is still unclear due to the difficult terrain in the area.