Tension is high in Ugoti village, Igembe South, Meru County after a gang of seven men hacked to death a 38-year old man, slashed four others and abducted a girl.
Area police boss Henry Akong’o said the gang was from a drinking den when they attacked the residents in the Kianda land adjudication area.
He said the police later rescued the girl, who was later taken to Nyambene Sub-County Hospital where she was treated and discharged, after spending the night in captivity.
Mr Akong’o said they are pursuing the attackers, whom he described as known criminals who were recently released from jail.
“They are known people who only left jail recently. They were drunk when they attacked the residents,” he said.
The incident triggered fear in the area, with police fearing retaliatory attacks.
In November last year, a spate of violence that saw a man killed and several injured in Kianda village.
Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi called for transfer of police officers at Nthanjene Police Post whom he accused of abetting criminal activities among them sale and consumption of illicit brews in the region.
He said the recent attacks happened a stonesthrow from the police post. He said that the area had sensitive land cases.
The MP said he had written to County Commissioner Allan Machari and Mr Akong’o, seeking a complete overhaul of the police post.
“I wrote the county commissioner and called the OCPD to have Nthanjene Police Post overhauled because of the rampant brewing of illicit liquor,” said Mr Mwirigi.
He said raiders from Marega usually invaded the Kianda adjudication area when the crop was ripe for harvest, in a bid to steal from the farms.