In Summary
  • Police picked four family members but released the youngest aged 14 years after a beating.
  • Family had just moved to the area in search of water for their livestock.
  • Postmortem shows trio were shot in the head and died of excessive bleeding.

A family in Elwak, Mandera South, is crying for justice a day after three of its members, said to have been picked by security officers, were found

dead.

Mr Mohamed Osman said his two sons and their cousin were picked at his home by uniformed security officers on Tuesday afternoon only

for their bodies to be found in a thicket on Wednesday.

“I was at our new settlement when the police from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) came and picked four of my sons,” he said amid sobs.

Mr Osman said he was spared after his younger children started wailing as the officers frog matched the four away.

“I was saved by the wailing of my children but my four sons and their cousin were taken away by these officers,” he said.

According to Mr Osman, his family had just moved to Qababa village in Elram, Kotulo Ward, in search of water for their livestock when the police came visiting.

Police are said to have picked the relatives during their search for suspects who planted an explosive in the area on Tuesday that destroyed their vehicle.

A source within the police told the Nation that the family was a victim of the security operation.

“A police vehicle was hit by an explosive in the area on Tuesday and we launched a search for the suspects who we believe were within,” the source

said.

women react after killing of three youths

A  group of women at Elwak Hospital in Mandera react on September 13, 2018, after the killing of three family members said to have been picked by police.  PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION

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