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October 22, 2017

Panic in Marsabit as panga-wielding gang murders two

"Mohammed Jaldesa, 25, was found near a newly established market in Marsabit town, with deep panga cuts on his head on Saturday night.". /FILE
"Mohammed Jaldesa, 25, was found near a newly established market in Marsabit town, with deep panga cuts on his head on Saturday night.". /FILE

Two people are suspected to have been murdered by a panga-wielding gang in Marsabit over the past week.

One succumbed to his injuries shortly after he was found by police on patrol.

Mohammed Jaldesa, 25, was found near a newly established market in Marsabit town, with deep panga cuts on his head on Saturday night.

Police commander Ben Kogo said Jaldesa was rushed to ISMC private hospital in Marsabit for treatment, but succumbed to the injuries.

“He was bleeding profusely and unconscious when our officers found him. Unfortunately he died while receiving treatment,” Kogo said.

The killing comes barely a week after David Nguthiru, 30, was murdered in a similar manner last Sunday in Marsabit town.

Kogo said Nguthiru’s lifeless body was discovered by a locals who alerted the police.

“His body was discovered lying on the roadside. It had deep panga cuts on the back of his head and neck. We are yet to establish the motive of the killings,” Kogo said.

The police boss said on Sunday they have arrested five people believed to be members of the killer gang.

Kogo said the police have enhanced patrols in the area to prevent further killings, urging locals to volunteer information that will lead to arrest of criminals.

He could not confirm whether the attacks are connected to the just concluded elections, but said the police will issue a comprehensive statement after concluding investigations.

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