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