Two people were killed and several others injured after a police raid at Pambasuko village in Turbo Constituency, Uasin Gishu County turned disastrous.
According to reports, chaos began after residents attacked police officers who had gone to arrest a suspect believed to have assaulted his neigbour.
The angry villagers armed with machetes and clubs stormed the suspect’s home to killing two people including the complainant, who had accompanied the police in the arrest mission.
Four residents and two police officers were also injured and more than four houses burnt in the 7.30pm chaos.
Confirming the incident, Eldoret West Sub-county Police Commander Edward Masibo said that the suspect had reportedly assaulted the victim on July 19 before fleeing the area.
Masibo said that the victim informed the police after he returned to the village.
“The victim had sustained grievous harm, according to the P3 form he had obtained. He accompanied two police officers who had gone to arrest the suspect. Upon arrival at the suspect’s home, a relative alerted neighbours that they had been attacked by robbers, and that’s when they descended on the victim, cutting him using pangas,” he said.
He further said that charged residents burnt houses belonging to the suspect and his family to revenge the killing of the 38-year-old victim identified as Andrew Indeche.
“We are still pursuing crucial leads to arrest the suspects who killed the victim and attacked police officers. A woman who alerted neighbours and described our officers as robbers has gone missing, and we are looking for her,” Masibo said.
The police boss added that his officers sustained panga cuts in the chaos.
“They have been treated and discharged. Investigations into the incident are ongoing. We are soon bringing a number of suspects to book,” he said.