Residents lynch suspect in murder of five students - VIDEO

18 students injured, 7 taken to hospital in Lokichogio school killings

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  • County police commander Opili said that he tried to flee to South Sudan.

Residents of Kakuma refugee camp have lynched a suspect accused of murdering five students and a night guard at Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School in Turkana County.

The suspect, who was also a student at the school, had been arrested by police before the locals stormed Kakuma police station and burned him.

County police commander Ronald Opili confirmed the incident and said that he was apprehended in Kakuma refugee camp as he tried to flee to South Sudan.

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County Commissioner Seif Matata said one of the attackers responsible for the Saturday morning incident was a student who was on suspension.

"Several students were injured. We cannot confirm the number until we liaise with the hospital," Mr Matata told journalists in Lodwar town.

He said he is from the Toposa tribe of South Sudan.