Police in Machakos have launched a manhunt for a gang that attacked a senior police officer in the county.
Machakos county police boss Mohammed Maalim on Thursday said a gang attacked the Machakos County traffic police commander Abdinassir Harun and stole his firearm on Wednesday night.
Harun was attacked by thugs in a local hotel about three kilometers from Machakos town.
He was rushed to Machakos level 5 hospital and later referred to the Nairobi South Hospital.
“The officer was from the scene of an accident where five people died along Machakos – Wote road in Mumandu area. He had gone to the hotel for supper when the gang appeared and attacked him” said Maalim.
The cop was reportedly alone and in plain clothes during the incident.
The officer’s car was found parked outside the hotel and towed to Machakos police station.
“At first he was taken to Machakos Level 5 Hospital, he was referred to Nairobi South Hospital for special treatment since he wasn’t getting better,” Maalim said.
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He said police had launched investigations into the incident.
“We have already initiated investigations into the matter. We are pursuing the cop’s attackers as well as looking for his stolen gun,” said Maalim.
Six people died in a self-involved accident that occurred on Wednesday at about 2000 hours along Machakos –Wote road at Mumandu area involving a 14-seater Nissan matatu.
“It happened that the said matatu was carrying 14 fare paying passengers from Machakos to Wote and on reaching the location of the accident, it got a tyre burst and in the process rolled severally killing four passengers on the spot. Several other passengers sustained serious injuries and were rushed to Machakos Level 5 Hospital,” said Maalim.
The fifth passenger died on arrival to the hospital same night while the sixth one succumbed to injuries on Thursday.
The bodies were removed to Machakos Level 5 Hospital Mortuary while wreckage towed to Machakos police station.