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Angry mob attacks Buruburu woman for attempted arson

A middle-aged woman is nursing injuries after an angry mob descended on her over claims that she tried to burn down a house in Buruburu area, Nairobi on Tuesday.

Maria Atieno is said to have gotten into a physical scuffle with her boyfriend over unknown issues before fire erupted in their house. According to a police report seen by Nairobi News, the couple were heard arguing before smoke started billowing from the house.

It was then that members of the public before came to their rescue and quickly put out the fire before it could spread to adjacent houses. After the fire was extinguished the angry crowd attacked and injured Ms Atieno as the boyfriend fled the melee. Police have since launched investigations in the matter.

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In 2020, a middle-aged died in a car fire at Nairobi’s Buruburu estate. Terrence Korir died in the driver’s seat of his parked car in an 8:30am incident that very few neighbours were aware of before fire engines started arriving.

Korir’s remains were retrieved from the car, a Subaru Impreza (KBY 779M), after neighbours and Nairobi County firefighters put out the blaze.

In Kajiado, two male nightguards were on Tuesday killed at a construction site in Kimuka area, Kajiado County. The killing prompted protests by area residents who blocked the roads and stoning motorists for while. It took the intervention of police to calm the situation.

The two were killed by unknown assailants who later stole building materials from a construction site they were guarding at Kimuka in Ngong Kajiado West Sub county. The two, aged 36 and 26 years old, are said to have been hit on the head with a blunt object.

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According to the police, preliminary investigations point out to a case of robbery with violence.

“It seems they were caught unaware inside a house within the construction site. They have serious injuries on the head. We have also established that the assailants stole at least 16 steel metals and a few other construction materials,” police said.

“So far we have not been able to tentatively know the number of the attackers and we are pursuing the incident to ensure we unravel what transpired,” the police further said.

The area is experiencing a boom in construction. Area MCA Joseph Torris said recently there have been increased insecurity cases in the area calling on employers to train guards before deploying them to man property. Police have deployed more personnel there. The bodies were moved to the mortuary.

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