Mob tries to lynch two theft sus­pects

Blamed for string of thefts at Ki­un­d­u­ani

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - JOHN KISU @TheS­tarKenya

Some 600 res­i­dents and traders from Makindu, Makueni county, on Sun­day night blocked the Mom­basa–Nairobi high­way for nine hours de­mand­ing the re­lease of two sus­pects. They wanted to lynch the two.

The sus­pects had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of thefts at Ki­un­d­u­ani trad­ing cen­tre in the past month. The res­i­dents, armed with jerrycans of petrol, rungus, stones and crowbars, stormed the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion po­lice camp where the sus­pects were locked up

The of­fi­cers called for re­in­force­ment from Makindu po­lice sta­tion. Makindu Traf­fic base com­man­der James Murigu said po­lice had a hard time as the traf­fic jam stretched eight kilo­me­tres on the blocked road.

A matatu driver was in­jured when his ve­hi­cle was stoned. He was taken to Makindu Level 4 Hospi­tal. The sus­pects were trans­ferred to Makindu po­lice sta­tion.

Po­lice are pur­su­ing their ac­com­plices. “Rob­bery cases have in­creased along the Mom­basa Road in the past three months,” a res­i­dent said.

STOLEN BUS RE­COV­ERED

Mean­while, a 33-seater bus sus­pected to have been stolen from Nairobi was found aban­doned at Kiu be­tween Malili and Salama trad­ing cen­tres on the Nairobi-Mom­basa high­way.

Sul­tan Ha­mud po­lice sta­tion base com­man­der Moses Njue said the sus­pects aban­doned the ve­hi­cle when they re­alised they were be­ing tracked. He said the ve­hi­cle was be­ing driven to­wards Mom­basa. It was found on Satur­day. The ve­hi­cle was re­leased to its owner af­ter he pro­vided proof of own­er­ship.

COPS FORCED TO CALL FOR BACKUP AS LO­CALS STORMED STA­TION WITH JERRYCANS OF PETROL, RUNGUS, STONES AND CROWBARS

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