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KDF killer officer

By Geoffrey Kaviti | April 26th 2016

A KDF officer shoots girlfriend dead, then kills self in a suspected love affair

A KDF Soldier yesterday in the morning killed his girlfriend in unclear love tussle before turning the gun on himself.

 The morning gunfire brought fear and confusion and left the residents of Kunda Kindu estate in Kitui County’s Capital appalled as they came to terms with the deadly incident. The Kitui police responded and the event culminated into exchange of gunfire with the army officer who had locked himself inside his girlfriend’s room.

According to neighbors of the victim, the officer, identified as Fredrick Mutia Kyambo a Kenyan Army officer based at Mariakani 15KA rifles, came to the woman’s residence at around 5am and found her outside as she prepared to go to work.

From the morning exchange between the two, neighbors suspected that the two apparently knew each other, they had a heated argument before heading back into the woman’s house.

Soon after, a gunshot was heard inside the house before the woman, who was bleeding profusely from her hand, was seen scampering out and into a neighbor’s room. Soon after, the assailant, 31, followed his wounded victim, 25, and called out her name asking her to come out but the neighbor, who sought anonymity, restrained her from going out in fear that the officer was intent on killing his lover. The man kicked the half locked door and sprayed more bullets to the already wounded victim sending her down into a pool of blood.

“She then fell to the floor and succumbed to the injuries,” said the neighbor, a business man in Kitui.  The neighbor said the two had been longtime lovers and that the officer has been a regular visitor to the slain woman’s house, but their love was growing cold, a decision that the young man could not comprehend.

“It seems things between them went south prompting the officer to kill the woman,” he noted.

The woman, who works as a pharmacist in a chemist opposite Kitui County Referral Hospital, was said to be dating another man unknown to the killer officer. But sources intimate to the family pointed out that the KDF man had severally presented himself as a suitor but the parents of the woman advised her to take another option. It seems that the decision of the girl’s parents was not received kindly by the man and he decided to cruelly end their lives.

After accomplishing his fatal mission, the assailant locked himself into the room and set an ambush to whoever responded. Soon, the police were tipped by members of the public and responded, leading to  an hour shootout after the man refused to heed to police orders.

According to Kitui Central OCPD Kennedy Osando, the KDF officer was armed with LMG 5.56MM. The witty assailant used a golf stick bag to transport the gun which left unsuspecting Kenyans thinking he was a golf player or so.

The police boss said the military man shot through the roof several times in an attempt to scare away dozens of police officers surrounding the residence, prompting the detectives to respond adding that the officer turned the gun on himself and shot himself in the head after sensing imminent defeat.

“We then forced the metallic door open and stormed into the house to find the officer dead. He had blown his brains out with a close shot through the chin,” said the OCPD.

He added: “We have already commenced investigations into the life-claiming incident to establish the circumstances leading to the deaths”.

The bodies were taken to Kitui County Referral Hospital mortuary.

By Geoffrey Mulwa [email protected]

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