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Coast detective shot dead, city officer injured

A detective was shot dead in Mombasa on Thursday, while in Nairobi an officer who was in charge of one of the most crime-prone neighbourhoods, was injured in a shooting.

Both officers had received death threats and had informed their colleagues.

Constable Ibrahim Mohamed, who was killed in Kuze, Old Town, Mombasa, was described by residents as ‘very instrumental’ in the war against crime and had arrested a drug dealer three days earlier.

Threats against his life had come from gangs that operate in Kuze, according to his friends.

In Nairobi, hooded gangsters trailed Chief Inspector Augustine Mutembei to his home from work.

The gangsters scaled a perimeter fence and cut window grills to gain entry into the house, and engaged him in a fierce exchange of fire.

MOTIVE OF THE ATTACK

Mr Mutembei is the officer in charge of Shauri Moyo Police Station, about 20km away.

Head of Criminal Investigations in Mombasa Henry Ondiek said the attackers took away a gun from Mr Mohamed, who was attached to the Old Port Police Station.

The killers picked him out from two other people with whom he was sharing a seat during the Wednesday night attack.

“It appeared they were specifically targeting him because they did not direct their fire at two people seated with him,” said Mr Ondiek.

“We are yet to establish the motive of the attack. We can’t speculate because it is too early. When the investigations are complete, we shall be able to know the motive of the attack and who were behind it,” he added.

As for Mr Mutembei, he is in hospital with bullet injuries in the jaw, shoulder, back and hand, sustained during the 2am shooting.

Separately, three gunmen raided Karen Oak Villas off Dagoretti Road, an affluent part of the city.

They entered the home of National Drought Management Authority official Godana Jillo Toyo at 8.30pm on Wednesday and robbed him of three laptops and other items.