A police officer, Constable Victor Kosgey of the General Service Unit (GSU), was fatally shot during a confrontation with bandits in Acher’s area, Samburu County.
The incident occurred on Christmas Day while a police team was attempting to recover a herd of cattle previously stolen from the Mutuati area in Meru County.
Tragically, Constable Kosgey was struck in the head by a high-caliber bullet, which entered through the upper side of his eye and burst out the rear of his skull, resulting in his immediate death at the scene.
He was part of a group of GSU officers deployed to track down and retrieve around 100 cows that had been taken from Mutuati.
The encounter with the bandits turned into a fierce shootout that lasted over two hours.
During this clash, the bandits managed to hit and damage five police vehicles.
The bandits launched their attack as the police team was in the process of driving off with some of the recovered animals, engaging the officers in the prolonged exchange of fire.