Arsonists attack Karebe Gold Mining headquarters

In Summary

• The vehicles included a Land rover, a double cabin Ford Ranger while a third vehicle belonging to the MD's family had all the windows and windscreen smashed as they slept.

• The attackers overpowered police officers deployed to guard the premises together with night guards.

The shell of burnt double cabin.
The shell of burnt double cabin.
Image: BARRY SALIL

Arsonists struck the premises of Karebe Gold Mining, setting ablaze two vehicles house belonging to a top official of the company.

Over 30 youths armed with crude weapons and petrol broke into the company’s headquarters within the mining site on Wednesday.

Tinderet deputy county commissioner Esther Oyugi said raiders scaled down the perimeter fence breaking into the house of the managing director David May and looted the house before setting it on fire.

They also set on fire two vehicles, and two generators.

The vehicles included a Land rover, a double cabin Ford Ranger while a third vehicle belonging to the MD's family had all the windows and windscreen smashed as they slept.

The attackers overpowered police officers deployed to guard the premises together with night guards.

“They surrounded the premises and attacked from all sides forcing their way in while others looted household appliances and laptops belonging to May,” OCPD Ali Jire said.

May who is the firm’s managing director escaped during the attack as the youths ransacked his house before razing it down.

The Tinderet DCC and area police commander Ali Jire said they had managed to impound several drilling equipment used by the illegal miners.