NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 – Two men were killed in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in Akabait Village of Busia County after a gang moved from house to house stabbing people.
Western Police boss Alfred Ombaba told Capital FM News that 17 others were injured in the attack with four of them admitted to the Busia District Hospital in critical condition.
“One of the dead was killed by a cut to the head and the second succumbed to his injuries at the Busia District Hospital,” Ombaba explained.
The attack occurred for several hours after midnight and by the time the police arrived to evacuate the injured to hospital the gang had left the scene.
Ombaba said they have arrested a local man on suspicion of being one of the assailants and they hope to make more arrests in the course of the day.
Ombaba seemed to play down the attacks as robbery as the gang stole Sh35, 000 and a mobile phone from the man who died from a blow to the head, “this is thuggery, plain and simple.”
Wednesday morning’s attack occurs two days after a similar stabbing spree in Bungoma County left 125 injured in Kibabii, Kikwechi and Mukwa villages.
Those who fell victim to Monday’s attack say the gang used acid apart from machetes, bows and arrows in their attack and even forced one man to drink the acid before taking his eyes out.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula has called for an overhaul of the police in his county given like in Akabait, the police arrived on the scene after the fact.
Similar attacks have occurred in the Kimalewa, Kuywa, Kapkateny and Makutano villages of Bungoma county in the past two weeks.
Ombaba has however assured residents of the Western part of the country of their safety and promised that his officers will do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators of the stabbings to book.
The public lynched two members of the forty member gang which carried out the Bungoma stabbings after they tried to attack a fourth village and the police arrested a man they suspect to have been part of the gang.