Two bodies of Fafi terror victims yet to be identified
By Jacob Songok
The bodies of two non-locals shot dead at a construction site by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Tuesday evening in Alibore, Fafi sub-county are yet to be identified.
Addressing the press in his office, Garissa county commissioner Meru Mwangi said that the two, a Mason and his assistant had no identification documents with them at the time of the incident.
“It’s unfortunate that we were not able to identify the two as they did not have identification documents with them at the time of the incident. We expect to get their identity anytime from today,” Mwangi said.
He said that the deceased’s fingerprints were taken by CID officer investigation the case and are expected to release the results any time from today.
Mwangi added that the mason was based in the area for the past five years and had constructed several houses.
“He had had been nicknamed ‘Jelle’ by the locals. He travelled to his rural home and brought the assistant following increased workload only for them to meet their death,” he said.
Mwangi said the three hooded attackers approached the deceased who were alone at the site and shot them at point blank killing them on the spot. He said the locals from a nearby village who rushed to the site on hearing the gunshots found the lifeless bodies of the duo lying on a pool of blood. they reported the matter to the police.
County Police Commander Afred Ogengo led a team of security officers to the scene on Wednesday and spent part of the day investigating the incident.
The county commissioner said a multi-agency security operation was combing Hagedera refugee camp where the killers are believed to have escaped into.
Mwangi said that security patrols both on foot and vehicles have been beefed up in ‘hot spot’ areas among the Hagarbul and Saretho in Dadaab Sub County.
This is the second attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in less than a month. Early this month an attempt by seven Al-Shabaab to destroy a Safaricom mast in Diiso, Fafi sub county, Garissa were thwarted by security officers manning the facility.
Meanwhile Garissa County Commissioner has urged bar and lodges owners to be extra careful during the festive season by ensuring the take details of their clients.
Mwangi said police arrested one suspect three days ago at a lodge in Garissa town. He reportedly gave two different names to the security officer before he was taken in. The suspect who had an ID card waiting slip had stayed at the lodge for two nights.