Minister Kilimo’s guard shot dead

September 27, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Gangsters stormed the Nairobi residence of Assistant Minister Linah Jebii Kilimo on Sunday evening, shot her bodyguard dead and took off with his gun.

Police said they were puzzled by the attack at Mrs Kilimo\’s Karen home because nothing was stolen during the incident, which occurred while the Marakwet East MP and her family were away.

"They just walked in and opened fire at the officer; they were so daring because they walked away with his G-3 rifle," a police officer at the Hardy Police station said.

A preliminary report filed at the station showed that the officer was killed by a gang of three which parked a vehicle outside the Assistant Minister\’s gate before two men casually walked into the compound.

Police believe they gained access to the compound through a small gate next to the main entrance and walked straight to the sentry room where the officer was seated at about 7pm.

"That is when they shot at him and took away his gun. They must have posed as visitors before the confrontation," another policeman said and added that the administration police officer was alone at the time.

Neighbours who heard the gunshots responded only to find the AP lying in a pool of blood. His body was picked up from the sentry room and taken to the City Mortuary.

Police re-visited the scene on Monday morning to collect more evidence, but nothing much was found.

"We have taken away the cartridges but no finger prints are visible at the scene, we will try and use what we have to get the killers," one police officer said.

Nairobi Provincial Police chief Anthony Kibuchi told Capital News they were optimistic of getting the attackers but appealed for assistance from the public.

There was no family member to speak to journalists who went to the home on Monday.

A newly posted Administration Police officer who was guarding the home said he did not have much to talk about the incident.

"I was not here when the incident happened, I was deployed after it happened but I was told he was shot dead in this sentry room," the officer said.

He said the Assistant Minister was at her rural home when the shooting occurred and had not returned to Nairobi but was aware of the incident.


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