By: NICHOLAS KOMU
The bodies of three men were found at Tagwa, near Mt Kenya Forest in Nyeri on Monday evening.
The men’s identities have not been established, but they had been shot in the head. Two bodies were lying close, facing down. The third was a meter away.
Preliminary investigations indicated there was a struggle before the victims were killed.
Seven spent cartridges were found near the bodies, an indication that they may have been shot at close range.
A woman who going to fetch firewood found the bodies and alerted elders.
“I was going to collect firewood when I saw them lying on the ground. I thought they were drunk but then I saw the blood and bullet shells,” said Ms Nancy Wangari.
Ms Wangari said she immediately alerted local elders who later contacted the area chief.
Residents said they heard gunshots at around 3am but thought elephants had invaded their farms and that forest warders were chasing them away.
“Elephants often invade this area and that is why we were not alarmed when we heard the gun shots,” said Ms wangari.
The victims are not from the area because none of the residents could identify them, said police.
“We suspect they were brought from elsewhere,” said Kieni East police chief Michael Mbaluku.
A week ago, a decomposing body was found at Gamerock, near Nyeri Town. The body has not been identified.
Many unidentified bodies have been found in different parts of the country in the past few months.
According to Mr Mbaluku, people have been taking advantage of the dense vegetation in the area to commit crimes, including killings.
The bodies were taken to Nyeri County Referral Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem examination and identification.
“We have launched investigations, but as of now, the identities of the men remain unknown. Nobody has come out to claim them,” added the police boss.
Earlier in the day a motorcycle was set ablaze near a river in Chaka under unclear circumstances. The owner is yet to be known.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION