Anti-terror police take over probe into shooting of GSU officer
Anti-terror police have taken over a probe into an incident where a General Service Unit officer manning the Wilson Airport watchtower in Nairobi was at the weekend shot dead and his colleague injured in an attack.
The constable of police identified as Stephen Mukangi was shot at close range and died at the scene before he was robbed of his AK47 rifle.
His colleague was also robbed of his AK47 rifle and shot in the leg. He managed to escape the scene but with a bullet wound.
The anti-terror detectives want to understand the motive behind the incident. Authorities have taken the incident serious and want ensure the motive is established.
The airport is one of the crucial installations in the country and the attack has been taken seriously.
The colleague told police they were manning a watchtower at the airport on Saturday night when two men wearing jungle uniforms similar to those used by police approached them.
According to police, the two men asked the GSU officers to accompany them to the nearby southern bypass where their car had developed a mechanical problem.
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“They told the GSU officers they needed assistance from them at the scene where their car had developed mechanical problems. They claimed to be police officers,” said an officer aware of the incident.
As the GSU officers walked to the scene from where they were, two other men in jungle uniforms joined them prompting a scuffle as they tried to grab the officer’s gun.
The other men joined the scuffle attacking the survivor. Mukangi is said to have fought hard prompting one of the men to open fire at him killing him on the spot.
The surviving officer managed to escape from the scene but after losing his rifle to the said attackers. He was later taken to a local hospital.
Langata OCPD Gregory Mutiso led a team of officers to the scene of the incident as part of the probe into the incident.
They recovered two spent cartridges, an empty butt and two magazines with 60 bullets from the scene. The airport is usually manned by GSU personnel.
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