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Police officer arrested over colleague’s brutal death inside city matatu

Police have arrested one of their own after investigations linked him to the death of a fellow officer last week in a city matatu.

The policeman, already suspended for indiscipline, is being accused of allegedly shooting dead Corporal Martin Korir of Ruaraka criminal investigations office.

Corporal Korir was stabbed before being shot dead with his own firearm by suspected carjackers inside a matatu along Thika Road on April 27.

During the incident, two other passengers were also stabbed and rushed to a nearby clinic.

The deceased was among the passengers in the matatu which had been carjacked by five gangsters.


The thugs stumbled on the officer’s gun while frisking and robbing the passengers. They first stabbed him before snatching the gun, a Jericho pistol, and shooting him dead. The pistol had 10 bullets.

The suspended officer is suspected to be part of a gang that has been hijacking public service vehicles and robbing passengers.

During interrogation at Parklands police station, the suspect denied the claim.  He is being treated as the main suspect as the search for the other suspects continues.

A court on Tuesday allowed police to continue holding the officer for a week as they wind up investigations.

Witnesses said after the robbing spree, the thugs commandeered the matatu to Ruiru Kimbo before turning it back towards Baba Ndogo area, then to Outer Ring Road where they eventually alighted at the National Concrete Bridge underpass and fled on foot.