Dec. 10 (Xinhua)
Kenyan police said on Monday a major
operation is underway to arrest those
behind the murder of a soldier and a
civilian and the injury of another civilian
in northern Kenyan town of Garissa on Sunday night.
The Kenya Defense Force (KDF) soldier
and a civilian were killed on Sunday night with a peace committee member
seriously injured when unknown
assailants descended on them in Garissa
ndogo estate in the restive town. The incident which took place at about 20:40 left area residents astonished in the manner in which it was executed.According to the brother of the slain
shopkeeper, the three were in company
seated outside having a soda when a
motorbike carrying two passengers
“The three had hardly been there for 20
minutes before several bullets were
sprayed on them, when I went to their
rescue I found two lifeless bodies with
another one wreathing in pain,” said Abdi Hussein, one of the eye witnesses. “This must have been a well calculated
move and the executors knew whom they were targeting because they immediately fled to unknown direction,” Hussein added.
The KDF soldier identified as Sergeant
Gedi Hassan was said to be attached to
the paramilitary army camp in Gilgil in
northwest Kenya was said have come to
Garissa just a few days for his annual
leave. According to local resident Hassan Shire, the executors of the crime were well coordinated as they fled without being arrested by police on patrol. Hassan linked the attackers to sympathizers of the Somali militant
group, Al-Shabaab, who have of late been targeting area security agents including the police.
Divisional police commander, Gorge Losku was however reluctant to link the attack to the insurgents from neighboring Somalia, saying that police were doing investigation to establish the cause. Losku said police on patrol had tried to pursue the attackers who he said were suspected to have fled on a motorbike but confirmed that operation is underway to arrest the killers. “It is too early to rush into conclusions on the nature of the attack as our security agents are expeditiously doing
investigations to unravel the cause of the incident and also apprehend the
attackers,” Losku added.
The KDF soldier is the fourth one to be
killed in a span of a month as three
others were killed on their way to
Kismayu as they were changing a busted
tire wheel. The incident prompted KDF soldiers at a local barracks to harass the locals. Two people died from injuries sustained from the attack by the soldiers. Property worth millions of shillings was also destroyed.
Property worth millions of shillings was on Nov. 18 destroyed when KDF soldiers
mounted a massive operation following
the killing of three of their colleagues in
Garissa town. Garissa town remained a no go zone as the military took control of the central business district as the residents deserted the town. About 12 police officers have been killed in the last four months something that has been linked to Al-Shabaab sympathizers and militants.
Garissa town in northern Kenya have been the site of increasing grenade and gun attacks targeting both the Kenyan
security forces and civilians since October 2011, when Kenyan military entered Somalia in pursuit of the militant Somali armed group, Al-Shabaab.