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3 suspected MRC members shot dead in attempted raid in a police post

Three suspected members of the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) were shot dead in a foiled dawn attack Monday on a police post.

Coast Police boss Aggrey Adoli said his officers engaged the suspects in a fierce exchange of fire at Mbungoni area in Bombolulu during the attempted raid on Freretown Police Post.

Speaking to KBC on phone, Adoli said about sixty MRC members were involved in the 1 am raid.

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He said police managed to arrest three suspects who later led them to the MRC hideout. Suspected members of the illegal group who were armed with pangas then attacked the officers forcing them to open fire.

The Coast Police boss has appealed to the area residents to volunteer information that will help apprehend members of the dreaded sect.

Deadly weapons

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Meanwhile, Police in Elwak, Mandera Central District Sunday evening impounded six 3G rifles and sixteen rounds of ammunitions along Elwak-Kotulo road.

The ammunitions which were being transported by a donkey drawn cart were allegedly being ferried from Somalia to an unknown destination.

Speaking to KBC On phone, Mandera District Commissioner Moses Tutui said police acted on a tip off from a member of the public who had information that an alien was transporting deadly weapons.

A suspect was arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody.

Two months ago police in Hagardera refugee camp recovered An AK-47 gun and several round sof ammunitions when a man returned them on amnesty.

Also late last month some two pistols which had been abandoned in a bush were recovered by a herdsman who later alerted the police.

Unknown assailants

Elsewhere, a KDF soldier and a civilian were killed on Sunday night with a peace committee member seriously injured when unknown assailants descended on them in Garissa Ndogo estate in Garissa.

The incident which took place at about 8 40 pm left area residents astonished in the manner in which it was executed.

According to the brother of the slain shopkeeper, the three were in company seated outside having a soda when a motorbike carrying two passengers arrived.

“The three had hardly been there for twenty minutes before several bullets were sprayed on them, when I went to their rescue I found two lifeless bodies with another one wreathing in pain, this must have been a well calculated move and the executers knew whom they were targeting, they immediately fled to unknown direction, said then who only gave his name as Abdi.

The KDF soldiers identified as Sergeant Gedi Hassan was said to be attached to the paramilitary army camp in Gilgil was said have come in Garissa just a few days for his annual leave.

According to a Garissa Ndogo resident Hassan Shire the executers of the crime were well coordinated as they fled without being arrested by police on patrol.

Hassan linked the attackers al sympathizers who have of late been targeting area security agents including the police.

Garissa OCPD Gorge Losku while confirming the incident was however reluctant to link the attack to the al shabaab militant saying that police were doing investigation to establish the cause.

Losku said police on patrol had tried pursuing the attackers who he said were suspected to have fled on a motorbike.

“It too early to rush into conclusions on the nature of the attack as our security agents expeditiously doing investigations to unravel the cause of the incident and also apprehend the attackers, “added Losku.

The KDF soldier is the fourth one to be killed in a span of one month as three other were killed on their way Kismayu as they were changing a busted tire wheel.

About twelve police officers have been killed in the last four months something that has been linked to al shabaab sympathizers and militants.


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