Kilifi County Police Commander James Mugera has confirmed the arrest of 21 people in connection with the Sunday night killing of a police officer in Rabai Sub-County.
Mugera said a G3 rifle stolen during the incident is yet to be recovered.
Speaking on Monday evening, the county police boss said some of those arrested have provided crucial information that will lead to the arrest of the main suspects.
“We are yet to get the gun but I can confirm to you that a number of suspects have been arrested and are assisting us with investigations. We have very crucial links and it is just a matter of time before we get the main suspects,” said Mr Mugera.
Mugera said the officer was killed by a gang armed with machetes and other crude weapons on Sunday night.
The gang attacked two police officers who were heading to their station after normal patrol on Sunday at 7.30pm.
One of the officer escaped unhurt. They are based at the Kambe-Ribe Police post within Rabai sub-county.
“The two officers were going back to the station after patrol and they were using Bondora-Mwakirunge road and as they were heading back they arrested a bodaboda rider who was transporting palm wine and they were escorting him to the police station for further action when they were attacked by the gang that fled with his firearm,” said Mugera.
According to Mugera, the slain officer, Kelvin Kiragu, was carrying the exhibit when he was attacked from behind by unknown people.
The suspect, Harrison Mwamuye was also attacked by the gang and sustained injuries. Kiragu had worked at the station for one year.
“The officer sustained serious injuries and died on the spot. The G3 rifle had 20 rounds of,” Mugera added.
Mwamuye was taken to a nearby medical clinic in stable condition.
He appealed to Rabai residents to help in recovering the fire arm and in the arrest of more suspects.