14 suspects are believed to be connected to the notorious group known as “Mbogi La Izraim Territory,” which is accused of harassing locals, according to police in Kakamega County.
Within the township, ten of the alleged gang members were apprehended on Sunday, and the remaining four on Monday.
In response to reported repeated attacks on locals that left over 10 persons dead and others injured, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Tuesday claimed a squad of detectives together with officers from the Kenya Police Service initiated a crackdown on the suspected gang.
Ten suspected members of the ring were flashed out of their hiding places and taken to Kakamega Police Station as part of an intelligence-led blitz that was launched in the area on Sunday, Nov. 20, the DCI said in a statement.
“Four further suspects were apprehended yesterday in various locations throughout the municipality following investigation interviewing.”
After the operation, investigators were able to find three stolen motorcycles, metal bars, clothing soaked with blood, blood-stained machetes, and other technological devices, including cellphones.
The gang, which the police claim primarily targets security officers working in marketplaces, is suspected of killing two guards on Thursday of last week in the localities of Kambi Somali and Amalemba, who were both 58 years old.
After killing a student in his fifth year at Masinde Muliro University, they allegedly continued their rampage by hurting a student in his first year of study.
According to the DCI, “in one of the incidents on November 17, 58-year-old John Mulama, a security guard at Club 2000 in Kambi Somali, was attacked and killed at his place of employment, before his killers continued to Amalemba bus Stage where they also ended the life of 59-year-old Festo Iluma, also a watchman at DEE’s Pub.”
Patrick Kipkosgei, 24, a fifth-year student at Masinde Muliro University of Science & Technology, was killed in cold blood on the night of November 19 by the murderous gang as they escalated their attacks to Mahiakhalo in Bukhungu.
The DCI continued, “That same night, first-year student Isaiah Kiprono of the same university narrowly escaped death when the machete-wielding gang assaulted him while opening his house.”
The gang allegedly set out to exact revenge on three robbery suspects who were lynched a while ago because they felt the guards had informed them, making them their targets, according to the DCI.
The multi-agency group added that the suspects will now be held under custody orders for an additional 21 days while investigations are ongoing.