A driver has been shot dead and four other people seriously injured after they were attacked by robbers at Silcon area along Laisamis-South Horr-Baragoi road in Samburu North.
While confirming the incident, the Baragoi North Deputy SCPC, George Opere said that the deceased died on the spot on Wednesday morning after he was shot in the head while driving a probox car that was transporting miraa towards Baragoi town, adding that a passenger he was carrying escaped death narrowly with a bullet injury on his right shoulder.
“Instead of ordering the driver to stop, they just opened fire killing him on the spot and injuring the passenger in the process,” he said.
Opere added that while the bandits were ransacking the miraa vehicle, another private vehicle approached and they randomly fired at it injuring its driver and his two passengers.
The driver of the second vehicle, Antony Githinji Mwangi, sustained a gunshot wound on his right arm before he stopped his vehicle and surrendered.
Mwangi told KNA that the second attack happened at a blind corner and that was the reason he did not see the probox car ahead of him and when he did, he was too close to the crime scene with nowhere to escape to.
“They were seven men and all of them were armed with AK 47 rifles and after some fired at us, we surrendered by lifting our hands. One of them came to my door and ordered us to come out of the vehicle with all the money we had,” Mwangi said.
According to Mwangi, the robbers took some of the foodstuffs that were being transported.
A few minutes after the bandits took the money and the foodstuffs, Mwangi and his passengers were ordered to continue with their journey with instruction that they should not tell anyone that they had been attacked along the road.
“They told us that we were not their target and ordered us to proceed with our journey without telling anyone that we had been attacked and robbed. They even helped me jumpstart the vehicle since it had stalled,” Mwangi remembered.
The Deputy SCPC said the police went to the crime scene and said that patrols would be added along the road to avoid such cases in future.
He confirmed that the four victims in the two vehicles were admitted at Samburu County Referral Hospital in Maralal town.
By Robert Githu