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Officers injured by mob

Two police officers were injured when a crowd pelted them with stones as they rescued a man said to have stabbed a 12-year-girl to death. The officers, from Onywere chief’s camp in Kisii District, called for reinforcement from Rioma Police Station. The Nyanza Provincial police officer in charge of staffing, Mr James Matutu, said the girl’s father raised the alarm after he found her daughter lying in a pool of blood in their house on Sunday afternoon.

The villagers wanted to lynch the suspect, but the officers came to his rescue, attracting the villagers’ wrath. At the same time, three vehicles, including one belonging to the Kisii deputy mayor, were burnt as a new wave of crime hit the area. Mr Luke Ongaki, a Ford-People member, accused his political opponents following the Sunday night incident at Keumbu trading centre.  "They are targeting me because of my association with the ODM-Kenya," he told The Standard on telephone.

He said the gangsters had tried to break into his home. "An hour later, a watchman informed me that my car had been petrol-bombed," he added. Police said no suspect has been arrested, but investigations were on to establish the motive of the attack. And in another incident in the outskirts of the town, police shot three suspects as they battled armed gangs. Matutu said officers on patrol confronted six suspects, who refused to surrender.

"The officers shot at them, injured three and arrested two others. They are recovering at the Kisii District Hospital under guard," he added. A toy pistol and pangas were recovered. Meanwhile, police in Mbita have arrested a man who allegedly assaulted his wife for allegedly being unfaithful. Police said the fisherman found another man with his wife in their bedroom. "The man escaped and the husband attacked his wife with a knife," said Matutu.

In another incident in Kisumu, a mentally retarded 17-year-old boy was found dead. His parents had tied him to a chair. "The parents were to take the boy to hospital the following morning, but they found him dead," said Matutu. And in Suneka divisional headquarters, a Government residential house was burnt. Matutu said the ocupant, Mr Ezekiel Nyangau, and his family escaped unhurt.
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