2 arrested over killing of Kenyan bishop

July 8, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 8 – Two suspects have been arrested over the killing of a bishop in a church in Ongata Rongai on Saturday night.

Internal Security Minister Professor George Saitoti said the suspects were arrested on Tuesday and were being interrogated over the death of Bishop Joseph Segel.

“Detectives are interrogating the suspects but are yet to establish conclusively if they were involved directly or indirectly in the murder that occurred when gunmen stormed the church in Ongata Rongai.” he said.

The gangsters raided the church shortly after midnight on Saturday and waylaid the bishop as he drove into the church compound.

They then robbed some church members of their money and valuables before they shot at the bishop and fled in his car which they abandoned at the Kibera slum.

“He was shot after he resisted surrendering car keys to his vehicle,” Nairobi Provincial Police chief Antony Kibuchi told reporters shortly after the incident.

The bishop’s wife and nearly a dozen other worshippers were not wounded during the attack but one of the woman who was in the bishop’s car was driven away and dumped at Kenyatta Market.

The attack came barely a week after a gang of over 10 men raided a small village seven kilometres from the scene of Saturday night’s attack and killed three people.

Police now believe the attacks may have been perpetrated by a vicious gang that lives there “because they seem to understand the area so well.”

“The area is adequately covered.  Security agents are there and I can assure you we will get those criminals terrorising people,” Prof Saitoti said.



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