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3 men killed, bodies burnt with acid

KISERIAN, Kenya, Apr 28 – Three people were on Thursday found murdered and their bodies burnt with acid on the Kiserian-Magadi road, on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Witnesses told police the bodies were discovered sprawled on the roadside 20 kilometres from Kiserian.

Police officers who visited the scene said two of the men had bullet wounds in the head while another was hacked to death.

"We have looked at the bodies, it appears they were killed and acid poured on their bodies.  We have not been able to establish circumstances under which they were killed," area divisional Police chief Farah Mohammed said.

Mr Mohammed said one of the bodies had been scorched with acid on the private parts while another was badly burnt on the chest.

"It is a mystery which will need to be thoroughly investigated. For now detectives are still gathering any clues to help in the investigation," he told Capital News at the scene.

Police estimate that the men were aged between 18 and 25 years.

"We cannot tell whether they are Kenyans or not but I do not want to pre-empt any investigations. We do not know what really happened and until we are over with the investigations we should not speculate over what happened," he said.

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Mr Mohammed told Capital News they were also seeking to establish if the men were killed at the scene or were just dumped on the roadside.

"We are also interested to know if they come from this area.  So far, no one has been able to identify them," he added.

"We do not know really what happened unless we carry out the investigation and post-mortems… maybe we will be able to know their identity.  In addition, we will be subjecting them to fingerprinting so that we get to know who they are."

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