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DECOMPOSING body of Ngomeni resident kidnapped by camel herders found

A body of a Ngomeni man who was ambushed by camel herders at Kanyunyi village in Mwingi North sub county was found five days after he disappeared.

A herd of camels in Mandongoi Sub Location, Ngomeni Ward in Kitui County on Sunday./MWINGI TIMES

Mr Stephen Kiilu’s decomposing body was found next to his home in what is believed to be after he was tortured and beheaded. He was aged 48 years old.

The incident occurred last Sunday after a weeklong hostage taking by the armed camel herders.

Kyuso Sub County Police Commander Nicholas Mutua confirmed that Kiilu’s body was discovered at Kamakali village in Mandongoi sub location.

The area police boss said that Kiilu’s head was found a metre away from the torso. He added that the body of the deceased did not appear to have gunshot wounds.

After receiving the security alert, Kyuso sub county police rushed to the crime scene and collected the body. They then took it to Kyuso sub county hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem to establish the cause of Mr Kiilu’s death.

The deceased went missing for five days. It is suspected that he was ambushed by armed Somali camel herders at his home.

During the attack, two other residents who had paid the late Killiu a visit vanished when the attackers started brandishing guns in readiness to shoot, a witness told MWINGI TIMES.

In the agonizing search for Kiilu, family and friends lived in fear of sporadic attacks.


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