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Garissa: Man ‘jokingly’ sets self ablaze with methylated spirit after being misguided by nurse

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Police are investigating an incident in which a man set himself ablaze after being misguided by his nurse friend in Garissa’s Iftin.

Mohamud Haret, a resident of Kora Kora area of Iftin had escorted a patient to Mukono hospital where his friend works as a nurse.

During the visit, Haret innocently consulted the medic if the methylated spirit he saw at the desk could cause burns.

Unsure of whether Haret was serious or just messing around, the nurse jokingly told him to test it out for himself, urging him to apply it on his body and ignite it.

“The victim followed the instructions and in the process got serious burns in the head, chest and hands,” the police report reads.

The man has since been transferred to Ghal Private Hospital for further treatment where he is currently in stable condition.

Officers based at the county’s Iftin Police Station have began investigations into the bizarre incident.

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Embu: Five die after drinking illicit brew

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Five people have died after allegedly taking illicit brew in Karuku village in Mwea ward Mbeere South Subcounty in Embu county.

According to some reports by police one of the deceased had received his contribution of Ksh35,000 in a merry-go-round that they run with his friends and they went on a drinking spree.

Mbeere South Subcounty police commander Gregory Mutiso said he is only aware of three people who have died noting that they had travelled to masinga in Machakos for fun.

“I know only three people who have died we have taken samples of the alcohol they reportedly consumed for examination,” Mutiso noted.

He noted they are investigating whether there might be an element of poisoning adding a fresh twist that the deceased might have consumed crocodile meat which may have turned on them.

 

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ASTU officer kills police inspector over alcohol bill in Kitale

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An Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) police officer Robert Mungei Nyakeri is being held at Kitale police station for killing an inspector of police – Kwanza Sub-County Police Commander has confirmed.

Kwanza Sub-County Police Commander James Odera said the two police officers Nyakeri and the deceased Joseph Wanyangu quarrelled at a local entertainment joint over unpaid alcohol bills.

“One of our comrades working with the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in Chepchoina who was on a pass-leave went to a local pub for a drink. In the process, the waiter told him to clear his unpaid bills to be served. The officer did not want to pay his bill. On the intervention of the Inspector, the ASTU officer pushed him, leading to a fight and throwing of beer bottles” Odera said.

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Suspected Al-Shabaab militants stop bus, lecture passengers for 2 hours

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Travellers heading to Mandera town were held hostage by suspected Al-Shabaab militants on Wednesday and lectured for two hours, according to a report filed at the Kotulo Police Station.

Police said an unknown number of heavily armed Al-Shabaab militants stopped an Al-Mukaram company passenger bus at Lag Mata Kuta, between Dabacity and Dimu hill, and ordered passengers out.

They “searched for non-locals for more than two hours. The bus was heading to Mandera from Nairobi,” the report said.

After thoroughly searching for non-locals in vain, they gave a long speech in Somali language which most of the passengers didn’t comprehend.”

All the travellers were released and proceeded on their trip. They arrived safely in Mandera later in the day.

Security officers at roadblocks have since been directed not to allow any non-local to travel on the B9 road between Kotulo and Elwak.

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