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Police in Chesegon, West Pokot County, are investigating the killing of a 13-year-old boy reportedly beaten to death by his neighbours for allegedly stealing Sh430.

The Standard Four pupil's mother is said to have been away at work when four neighbours stormed her home and interrogated the boy over the money, according to area police commander Jackson Tumwet.

“They stormed the boy's home after a neighbour accused him of theft. They then caned him, killing him," said Mr Tumwet.

Police have launched a manhunt for the four suspects, who fled. "My officers visited the scene and are still searching for the suspects. We are asking for information that will help us find them," he told residents.

The body, which police said had visible injuries, was taken to Kapenguria Level Five hospital mortuary. A postmortem will be done to establish actual cause of death.