What you need to know:
- Reports indicated that four people had been travelling back home at about 7pm on Sunday when two robbers armed with AK 47 rifles ambushed them along Laisamis-Ngurnet road.
- The public servant, a licensed gun owner, took out his weapon while the attackers were counting the money they had stolen from them and shot and injured one.
- Marsabit County Police Commander Samuel Mutunga praised the “heroic” man for “giving an incredible sense of comfort to police and the public through a rare, valiant move that saved lives”.
A government officer’s heroic act of confronting gunmen in a highway attack and saving lives has earned him high praise.
Reports indicated that four people had been travelling back home at about 7pm on Sunday when two robbers armed with an AK 47 rifle ambushed them along Laisamis-Ngurnet road in Marsabit County.
In the group travelling in a Toyota Land Cruiser were a driver, an employee of the National Drought Management Authority, a former MCA, a county Public Service Board member.
They were all forced out of the car in the incident at Elema, Ngurnet Location, and ordered to give all the money they had, which amounted to Sh80,000.
The public servant, a licensed gun owner, took out his weapon while the attackers counted the money and shot and injured the one who had been holding the gun.
His accomplice fled and the four called Lasiamis Police Station for help.
Police took the injured robber to Marsabit County Referral Hospital. He will help them with investigations into highway bandits once he recovers.
Marsabit County Police Commander Samuel Mutunga lauded the “heroic” government officer for “giving an incredible sense of comfort to police and the public through a rare, valiant move that saved lives”.
“I’m very impressed with the uncommon sense of bravery and wisdom by the civil servant who swung into action in time to prevent the loss of four lives,” Mr Mutunga told a press briefing in his office on Monday.
The commander decried rampant bandit attacks carried out by Samburu,Turkana and Rendile Morans in Laisamis sub-county.
Mr Mutunga said security patrols have been enhanced in hotspots amid a collaboration with village elders and chiefs in tracking the gangs.
Several attacks have been reported along Isiolo-Marsabit highway and Laisamis–Loiyangalani road.
In addition, multiple highway robberies have been reported between Merile and Archerpost along Isiolo-Moyale highway, with lorries that ferry animals to Merile or Nairobi livestock markets being the key targets.
Private and public services vehicles have also been attacked but none of the criminals has ever been brought to book.
Mr Mutunga castigated residents who harbour criminals, saying bandit attacks are security agencies’ biggest headache.
He said retrogressive traditions that promote cattle rustling and robbery are also to blame for increasing crime.