Two fire arms were recovered and one suspect shot dead after a multi-agency security team launched a man hurt for the stolen security items that belonged to Kenya Forest Service department.
Speaking to the press in his office on Tuesday, the Trans Nzoia West Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Abudulahi Khalif confirmed that security agents also recovered 61 rounds of ammunition that had been stolen from Rest out post in Cholim in Saboti.
Khalif told KNA that the She rifle was recovered from Joseph Kimutai, 26 years in Cholim location while the G3 rifle was found in Cherop cave, Embakasi village.
According to the DCC, Kimutai was shot dead after he tried to fire back at the police.
He said that his 20 year old brother, Bramwel Masai, was arrested and is helping police with investigations.
Khalif said that police are still looking for more ammunitions after only 61 were recovered out of the 74 that were stolen.
The multi- agency compromised of Kenya Forest Service, Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit (CIPU), Kenya Police Service and the DCI.
Speaking at the same function, head of Kenya Forest Service North Rift region, Benjamin Kinyili said that all those who will be entering any forest for whatever activity will be vetted as a measure to contain insecurity.
“As a strategic way to avoid such scenarios in the future, we will launch vetting on individuals entering the forest,” he said.
He however, asked local communities to plant trees during this rainy season to increase the forest cover.
Khalif thanked members of the public for working with security agents to flash out criminals and asked residents to further work with nyumba kumi officials to improve on security.
By Pauline Ikanda