Dead police bodies stink in Baragoi after junk helicopter stall

Google map Screen shot of the Suguta Valley of death in Baragoi,Samburu District where more than 40 police officers were killed by Turkana cattle rustlers

Bodies of the more than 40 Kenya police officers killed in an ambush in Baragoi on Saturday are rotting in the open after the police helicopter that went to pick them developed a mechanical problem.

Due to the heat the bodies had started to decompose before a few of then were taken to Baragoi District Hospital mortuary which has no capacity for such a massacre. By yesterday night 17 bodies were still scattered in the Suguta Valley slaughter field.

Yesterday journalists had camped at Wilson Airport awaiting the arrival of the bodies but by 7pm the bodies had not arrived. Citizen TV crew who hired a chopper to Baragoi reported that bodies of the fallen police officers and reservists lay in a heap and had started decomposing.

Police Commissioner Mathews Iteere arrived at the scene after the Citizen crew,he remained mum on the attack that has left Kenyans shocked at the killings of officers meant to protect them. Scores of Kenya Red Cross team was at hand to load the boats in bags.

It later emerged that the police helicopter deployed to retrieve the bodies from the treacherous terrain broke down on Sunday raising more worries on the state of police helicopters in the country. In June a new police chopper crashed on Ngong Forest and killed six people including Internal Security minister George Saitoti and his deputy Orwa Ojode. It has now emerged  through a commission of inquiry led by Justice Kalpana Rawal that the helicopter’s parts were switched.

Suguta Valley in an inaccessible death trap that has in the past seen fierce battles between the Samburus and Turkana raiders.

The bodies of the fallen officers are expected later today if the police helicopter repairs are done.Sources within police said they 10am arrival was no possible after the police failed to repair the helicopter which is parked in Baragoi town.

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Posted on November 13, 2012, in General News and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This should be a wake up call to the government,what is anoying tho is to see the police service commission yesterday going on with the interviews for the post of inspector general,will he preside over corpses,it World have been good of the postponed the exercise for a day or two.

  2. Evance Lawrence Kamau

    Too bad>>>no comments

  3. ALL THE KILLINGS WHICH WERE WITNESSED AT BARAGOI WERE INTER TRIBAL.THE ONLY MEDICINE FOR THESE CLASHES IS TO ENFORCED LAW BY THE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA TO TAKE CARE OF TRIBALISM IN OUR COUNTRY

  4. That is not good i urge the kenya police to be strict

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