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Teenager in gang that killed Garissa policeman on patrol

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO AND KAMORE MAINA
corporal Eric Mutuku lying at his hospital bed at garissa general hospital yesterday Photo Stephen Astariko]
Corporal Eric Mutuku lying at his hospital bed at Garissa General Hospital yesterday Photo Stephen Astariko

A policeman was on shot dead and another seriously injured on Tuesday night by militants in Garissa town. The officers were on patrol when they were ambushed by four men at around 8pm.

“We had stopped at the kiosk for a cup of coffee. Four men approached us. One of them who had a pistol shot me twice in the shoulder. I fell unconscious. They proceeded to shoot my colleague twice in the head. They then took my G3 riffle,” said constable Eric Mutuku, the injured officer.

He said the attackers were young men, one aged between 10 and 15 years. Bessy muthoni, the kiosk owner, said the attackers came in a white taxi.

She said: “I was putting away sodas in my fridge after serving the two officers when I had gunshots. I turned around and saw the two officers lying in a pool of blood. One of the militants ordered me to lie down before they fled in a waiting vehicle.”

Garissa police boss George Losku said no arrest have been made. Mutuku was admitted at Garissa General Hospital. Losku refused to link the attack to the al Shabaab militia as investigations are underway.

Garissa has been a victim of a series of attacks. Two weeks ago a grenade was lobbed at an AP camp seriously injuring an officer. A month ago two officers on patrol were shot dead by suspected al shabaab militants.

Meanwhile, police in Garissa have arrested a man in connection with the murder of a CID officer last Friday. The suspect, whose identity the police refused to reveal, was picked up at his home in Hagadera on Sunday.

Police said they were tipped-off by worshippers. Yesterday, a police source said the worshippers have however refused to testify against the suspect.

Constable Yussuf Yerrow of the Criminal Intelligence Unit was shot in a mosque during Idd-Ul-Adha prayers. Police suspect he was targeted for spying on criminals.