Baringo headmaster, who survived bullets as a child, killed in bandit attack

Thomas Kibet

Thomas Kibet during a past interview with Nation.

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A primary school teacher who survived an attack by cattle rustlers at the age of nine, leaving him totally blind, has been shot dead by bandits.

Thomas Kibet, a 55-year-old head teacher at Kagir Primary School in Baringo North, was on a motorcycle with his wife and a child on their way to Kipcherere Secondary School in the same sub-county for a function on Saturday morning when they were ambushed by armed bandits in Namba area.

Confirming the incident, Baringo Police Commander Julius Kiragu said the teacher was shot in the head during the ambush and died on the spot.

Kibet's wife and their child are still missing.

The motorcycle belonged to a police reservist (NPR), who was also the rider.

The slain teacher had survived an attack by bandits in 1978 when he was barely nine years old, but the bullet wounds he sustained at that time left him totally blind.