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Policeman, two women hacked to death

By | October 14th 2011

By Mary Kamande and Joseph Muchiri

A police officer and two women were hacked to death in separate incidents.

Gatundu OCPD Peter Kattam said the policeman was escorting his friends when he was killed.

The officer was attacked outside his friends’ gate.

He said the officer, in his forties, was unarmed and was cut on the neck by using a panga.

"We took him to Gatundu District Hospital where he died as he was undergoing treatment. We have lost one of our best officers, our best investigators," said Kattam.

He said only a mobile phone was taken from the deceased and the motive of the killing had not been established.

However, Mr Kattam said they had arrested two suspects in connection with the killing.

The incident took place a short distance from the police station, raising concerns from residents about security.

The attack comes barely two months after a gang attacked and seriously injured five people in the area.

Brutally murdered

And in Embu North District, a mother and her daughter-in-law were on Wednesday night brutally murdered by a gang of three in Kathangariri village.

Charity Nginda, 86, was visiting her son Joseph Kariuki, who also sustained serious injuries in the attack and is admitted to Embu Provincial General Hospital.

Nginda was with her daughter-in-law Triphosa Njiru, 50, inside the house when another woman who said she was from the neighbouring Kirinyaga County came and asked them to accommodate her for the night.

As they prepared to give her food, three men stormed the house, slashed them with pangas and fled.

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