The body of a police officer who went missing a week ago was Saturday found in a thicket with head and hand chopped off.
Police Constable Hesbon Anunda's body was discovered about 100 metres off the Kizingitini-Mbwacumwali Road, Lamu County.
Anunda went missing on October 2 from Kizingitini Police Station. This prompted a search in the areas. His G3 rifle, which had 60 bullets was however found missing when the body was found. The motive of the incident is yet to be known.
Police said they had launched investigations into the incident. Elsewhere, a senior police officer died in a self-inflicted accident along Mazeras-Kaloleni Road, Kilifi County.
Chief Inspector Henry Marube, the Officer Commanding Rabai Police Station was driving alone when the incident happened on Saturday night.
Police said the officer was alone when he lost control of his car and hit a road culvert. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mariakani Sub-County Hospital.
This increases to more than 40 officers who have been killed on duty this year alone. Last year, 65 officers were killed in the line of duty.
This is a drop from the 78 that were killed in 2017, National Police statistics show. In 2018, 536 police officers were injured in the line of duty, most of which were from road accidents and during an encounter with terrorists.
Terrorism accounted for 23 deaths or 35 percent, which were recorded in the counties of Wajir and Garissa.
This was as a result of attacks targeting police facilities and police officers on patrols. The number of deaths recorded in the Rift Valley region was as a result of cattle rustling where bandits ambushed police officers mainly in Samburu County.