Man­hunt for thugs who killed two po­lice, stole guns in Kwale

Scores of women and chil­dren were in­jured dur­ing the com­mo­tion as they tried to jump over the church wall to es­cape from the at­tack­ers who came on a mo­tor­bike

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - ALLOYS MUSYOKA @k2­musyoka

Po­lice in Kwale have launched a mas­sive search for four gang­sters who killed two po­lice­men man­ning St Paul’s ACK Church.

Kwale com­mis­sioner Kutswa Olaka said they will not rest un­til the two guns stolen dur­ing the 10:30am at­tack are re­cov­ered.

Scores of women and chil­dren were in­jured dur­ing the com­mo­tion as they tried to jump over the church wall to es­cape.

Olaka said that the gang­sters used two mo­tor cy­cles to es­cape.

“One of­fi­cer died as he was be­ing taken to Diani Beach Hospi­tal and the other passed away on the way to Pandya Hospi­tal in Mom­basa,” he said.

Olaka said they are comb­ing Ukunda and Bongwe in search of the weapons.

“The mo­tive of the at­tack was to get the weapons. We shall pur­sue the gang­sters un­til we catch them,” he added.

He as­sured mem­bers of the pub­lic that they shall in­ten­sify se­cu­rity.

Kwale Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya con­demned the at­tack and said it is an iso­lated in­ci­dent, since the re­gion is peace­ful.

“We are not in a re­li­gious war, the thugs did not at­tack civil­ians in the church. They wanted arms, that is why they con­fronted of­fi­cers at the gate,” Mvurya said. He told res­i­dents to re­main calm. “We have de­ployed enough of­fi­cers. Those with in­for­ma­tion should help po­lice so that the gang­sters can be brought to book,” he said.

He said that there should be no re­li­gious ten­sion while call­ing the pub­lic to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the se­cu­rity or­gans.

Nelly Wan­jiru, one of the church mem­bers, said the in­ci­dent oc­curred as they at­tended English service.

Chil­dren were at­tend­ing ser­vices sep­a­rately.

“The pas­tor was preach­ing when we heard a loud bang. Ev­ery­one scam­pered for safety. There was a lot of shout­ing as par­ents took their chil­dren and jumped over the church wall,” she said.

“The of­fi­cers were sprayed with bul­lets. They died a very painful death. The thugs left with the guns. Their mo­tor­cy­cle de­vel­oped me­chan­i­cal prob­lems. They pushed the mo­tor­cy­cle, had po­lice been near, they would have ar­rested them,” she said.

Evans Mikubo, an eye wit­ness, said he saw the thugs ar­riv­ing on a mo­tor­cy­cle and shot at the of­fi­cers. They took away their guns.

“They took po­lice be­long­ings in­clud­ing belt and their crown,” he said.

/ALLOYS MUSYOKA

Kwale Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya and Kwale county com­mis­sioner Kutswa Olaka at St Paul’s ACK church where gun­men killed two po­lice of­fi­cers

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