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GSU officers missing after shootout with bandits in Laikipia

April 17, 2017 10:34 AM
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GSU officers missing after shootout with bandits in Laikipia

Two General Service Unit (GSU) officers are reported missing following a weekend shootout with bandits at Matweku near the Laikipia Nature Conservancy at the border of Laikipia and Baringo counties.

The Nation has established that the whereabouts of the two officers is yet to be known.

A police source who sought anonymity disclosed to the Nation that a platoon of GSU officers were engaged in a fierce shootout with the bandits who are believed to be illegal herders before the two went missing and are yet to be traced.

“My colleagues went missing after the attack and have not been traced. I fear they may have been killed after being taken hostage,” said the source in a telephone interview.

The source further said the suspected bandits fled after the attack, some with gunshot wounds.

However, Laikipia County Police commander Simon Kipkeu when contacted by the Nation remained tight-lipped about the matter, only confirming that an Administration Police officer attached to Rumuruti Police Station was injured during a shootout between bandits and the police at Ol Maisor ranch on Wednesday night.

“I am not aware of any missing GSU officers but l know of a police officer who was injured while on duty,” said Mr Kipkeu.

A security officer at the Ol Maisor ranch also confirmed that a police officer and a worker suffered gunshot wounds after an attack last week.


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