Six police officers based in Uasin Gishu county are currently nursing injuries after being attacked by area residents while on duty.
The six had gone to arrest an arson suspect identified as Stephen Limo who had been at large.
Benjamin Makau, who was the officer on duty, was alongside his five colleagues Kasudi Towet, James Kirungi, Emmanuel Wanyonyi, Chacha Marwa and Bernard Kesis.
According to police sources, the officers were attacked by an irate mob using stones and crude objects leaving them with serious injuries.
“Reported by the in-charge patrol base Cpl Benjamin Makau that while at Hill Tea trading centre which is about 7kms east of the post whereby, he had accompanied his fellow officers to arrest the suspect of arson vide CR 839/14 /2022 namely Stephen Limo who had been at large, upon arresting him his wife namely Grace Cherutich started shouting prompting members of the public who came while armed with crude weapons and stones,” said the source.
Makau was injured on the head, left leg and right hand, while Towet was injured on the right shoulder while Kirungi was injured on the head, the lower teeth, left leg, and right hand.
Wanyonyi was injured on the right hand while Marwa was injured on the right shoulder while Kesis was injured on the back.
The officers were admitted to Burnt Forest Sub-County Hospital and were released in a fair condition.
Sleuths based in Uasin Gishu have since launched a manhunt for the suspect who was set free by the irate mob during the said occurrence.