Manhunt launched for Mombasa cop killers

October 10, 2014 1:23 pm
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Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur says the gunmen did not steal the officer's G3 rifle which was loaded at the time.
Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur says the gunmen did not steal the officer’s G3 rifle which was loaded at the time.

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Police are hunting down three people who shot dead a police officer on Haile Selassie Avenue in Mombasa on Thursday night.

The three men approached the officer who was guarding a casino and shot him at point blank range before escaping towards Majengo area.

Mombasa Police Commander Robert Kitur says the gunmen did not steal the officer’s G3 rifle which was loaded at the time.

Following the incident, residents in the area expressed concern over rising insecurity.

“I was born and brought up here in the early 70’s when we used to sleep outside in Majengo. See how bad the situation is now,” an area resident lamented.

The officer, Simon Cheruko had served the National Police Service for 17 years and was attached to the town’s Central Police Station. Anti terrorism police officers say the gunmen were behind last month’s shooting of Mombasa DCIO Ndumba Thangarani.

Thangarani was in the company of Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek, as they trailed the gunmen at Tudor when they opened fire at the officers.

Police said the gunmen are behind a series of gun attacks in the coastal town.

The attack comes as Mombasa County struggles to recover from negative travel advisories by European countries citing insecurity.

Police presence has since been boosted as a part of Government wider measures to return normalcy in the County.

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