Kakamega gang kills girl, defiles sister in brutal attack

A crime scene.

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What you need to know:

  • Kakamega South police commander Mr Joseph Chesire said the attackers raided the home of Ms Zainabu Chinuka, a widow, and forced their way into the house after breaking the door.
  • Ms Chinuka had left her two daughters at home at about 7.30pm and gone to buy some food at the nearby shopping centre.

A 13-year-old girl from Ikolomani constituency in Kakamega County succumbed to her injuries after a gang raided her mother’s home and slashed her on the head with a machete.

Her 11-year-old sister is admitted at the Kakamega County General Hospital following the Monday night attack in Shinyakha village, near Shimanyiro trading centre.

Kakamega South police commander Mr Joseph Chesire said the attackers raided the home of Ms Zainabu Chinuka, a widow, and forced their way into the house after breaking the door.

Ms Chinuka had left her two daughters at home at about 7.30pm and gone to buy some food at the nearby shopping centre.

When she came back, she found the door open and her daughters missing.

Started searching in the maize farm

“I got alarmed and screamed for help but the neighbours did not respond. I started searching in the maize farm and found one of my daughters lying on the ground and bleeding from the cut on her head,” said Ms Chinuka.

Her younger daughter had been dragged into another part of the maize farm and defiled by the attackers who fled without stealing any valuables from the home.

Ms Chinuka called a boda boda rider who helped rush the children to a nearby health facility before they were transferred to the County General Hospital.

“I was worried as I tried to save the life of my daughter who had bled profusely. I kept praying that doctors would save her life. But she breathed her last while being attended to at the hospital,” said Ms Chinuka.

Mr Chesire said police were investigating the incident which has left villagers in shock.

“We are yet to unravel the motive for the brazen attack on the family by the unknown assailants. The mother of the girls said when she got home, she met the attackers who warned her not to raise alarm before they fled,” said Mr Chesire.