Police bury colleague killed by Al-Shabaab

Saturday August 26 2017

Police officers in Taita Taveta County

Police officers in Taita Taveta County on August 26, 2017 carry the remains of constable Brian Nyambu, who was killed by Al-Shabaab in Garissa, for burial. PHOTO | BRIAN OCHARO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BRIAN OCHARO
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A police officer killed by Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County has been buried.

Constable Brian Nyambu Malasi was laid to rest in Ngeti village in Taita Taveta County.

Mr Malasi was recruited into the National Police Service in 2015.

AMBUSH

He underwent training at the Kenya Police College in Kiganjo after which he was posted to Bodhai police station in Garissa.

The slain officer and his five colleagues were ambushed by Shabaab militants on August 15 while on patrol on Bodhai-Ijara Road.

Their vehicle was set on fire by the attackers.

PATROL

During the attack, one of the officers escaped uninjured.

County police commander David Kerina told mourners that the officers from Bodhai police station were in a Land Cruiser when they were attacked in Alijize around 1pm, and shot dead.

"They were on normal patrol duty when they met their untimely death.

"We condole with the family and ask God to give you strength in this trying time," he said.

The slain officer's mother also died from shock after viewing the body of her son.

"I was shocked when I was informed that the slain officer's mother whom we have been making arrangements with died shortly after the body of her son arrived home," Mr Kerina said.

BOINNET

Ms Josephine Egwha fainted and died after seeing the body of her son.

Her body was taken to Wesu sub-county mortuary on Saturday.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, in a speech read by Mr Kerina, eulogised the officer as dedicated and hardworking.

"His untimely death is a blow to the family and to the nation. He will be remembered for the services he rendered to the nation," Mr Boinnet said in the statement.

Al-Shabaab has perennially been attacking police officers, particularly in Mandera, Lamu and Garissa counties.