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Police have launched investigations after a female cop was attacked on Friday night while on duty within Githurai 44, Kiwanjani area, Kiambu County and robbed of her gun.

The officer identified as Mercy Mamboleo was on patrol when she was accosted by three armed men. The unknown men attacked her and her colleague, a female police officer, and snatched her gun before escaping.

“Mamboleo was in the company of another female officer when they were accosted by three men. Two of the men sandwiched the officer and grabbed her hands while the other one held her colleague while shouting “ua, ua” (kill them),” a police report indicates.

One of the attackers was armed with a pistol during the daring night attack. The attackers escaped into the nearby bushes after snatching the policewoman’s firearm.

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After the incident, the two officers immediately requested backup from their colleagues, forcing the robbers to flee without shooting back. A police hunt is currently underway to recover the lost firearm.

Additional reporting by k24tv has stated that:

“Two of the men sandwiched PC Mercy Mamboleo and grabbed her hands while the other one held PC Emmaculate while shouting “UA” “UA”. One of those holding PC Mercy was armed with a pistol. They managed to snatch away the firearm from PC/woman Mercy Mamboleo and disappeared to the nearby bushes. PC Emmaculate fired three rounds of ammunition but they managed to escape,” part of the police report reads.

The scene was visited by senior officers accompanied by detectives from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB).

A thorough search has been mounted led by the Sub County Police Commander (SCPC) and Sub-County Criminal Investigation Officers (SCCIO) Kasarani with the aim to recover the lost firearm.

Several police firearms have been stolen in the last few months, raising security concerns.

On February 2, an AK47 and a G3 rifle were stolen from Kabonge Police Station in Kirinyaga County. After investigations by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), it was established that one of the firearms had been stolen by Kennedy Mwangi Wangeci.

Mwangi was ambushed by detectives who were acting on an intelligence report before the AK47 rifle and 18 rounds of ammunition were discovered buried in a shallow hole outside his house.

“Two police officers from whom the AK47 and another G3 rifle were stolen are currently under investigation. Allegedly, the firearms were stolen after the cell sentry and report office attendant stepped out of their areas of deployment, leaving the firearms unattended at the reception area,” DCI headquarters said.

In another case in September 2023, a G3 rifle was discovered missing from the armoury at the Kiaruyu Police Post in Mathira East, Nyeri County.

The rifle was on February 14, 2024, recovered at the house of George Mutembei within Ndunyuruma village of Rwarela-Buuri East in Meru County, by a team of DCI Operations detectives backed up by their counterparts from Mugae Police Post.

The suspect escaped, leaving the firearm in the hands of his wife, Priscilla Ntinyari.

Meanwhile in November while escorting the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education KCSE examination papers to Mahero Secondary School in Alego-Usonga, Siaya County, a police officer was brutally murdered in broad-daylight and his rifle stolen.

His female colleague also lost her firearm in the attack. Both firearms were later recovered from radicalised youth within Hawinga area of West Alego.

 

 

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