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Police find bottle laced with petrol in probe on attack at ward rep home

Unknown people raided the home of the first-time MCA and attempted to burn it down. [File, Standard]

Police in Mwea East, Kirinyaga County, are investigating a suspected arson attack on the home of Kangai MCA-elect James Njiru Wambui.

Mwea West sub-county police boss Wilson Koskei said the information they have so far indicates that unknown people raided the home of the first-time MCA and attempted to burn it down.

A shocked Njiru said he raised an alarm after noticing a fire in the cowshed during the Wednesday night attack. Officers from Kangai Police post who responded to the incident recovered a bottle suspected to have contained petrol.

"I do not know who the attackers are and why they targeted my home. I hope the police will find out who may want me dead and take action against them," said Njiru.

Meanwhile, two children who had reportedly been abducted from Ngurubani town on Sunday have been found safe, even as police continue the search for the suspected kidnapper.

Mwea East sub-county police commander Daniel Kitavi said the suspect abducted two children, a girl aged 12 and a six-year-old boy, at Ngurubani town on Sunday. 

"The two children were found last night after a three-day search. Although still in shock, they said they were being held by the male suspect in his rented house," said Mr Kitavi.

The children were taken to Kimbimbi sub-county hospital for check-up.