Two soldiers killed in Mtongwe murder-suicide tragedy

Two soldiers died on Sunday at Mtongwe naval base in what insiders say was a case of murder followed by a suicide.

The actual circumstances and chain of events leading to the death of Senior Sergeant Gilbert Kibet Mutai from Nakuru and Naftali Kimutai Too from Eldoret remain unclear.

Senior police and military officials confirmed the deaths but declined to speak on record.

Reliable sources inside the barracks however told The Standard Mutai, who had been on leave, sneaked into the base at around 2am, took a gun and walked to where Kimutai was on guard duties.

Mutai is said to have found Kimutai off-guard and opened fire, killing him instantly. He is then said to have turned the weapon on himself.

On Sunday evening, Department of Defence spokesman Bogita Ongeri confirmed the deaths and added that investigations were ongoing.

"The incident happened at 3.20am and investigations are underway," Mr Ongeri said.

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