Bodies of 11 Mandera Quarry Workers Transferred to Nyeri for Burial

Families viewed the bodies of 11 quarry workers, killed in an al Shabaab attack in Mandera, at Nyeri County Referral Hospital mortuary on Tuesday

Mourners thronged the morgue upon the arrival of the bodies from Chiromo Mortuary in Nairobi, ahead of a burial ceremony on Friday.

Kenya Red Cross Society volunteers arrived alongside officers who transported the bodies in two administration police lorries.

The volunteers offered first aid and counselling services to the victims’ family and friends.

The Nyeri government will pay mortuary fees and the cost of transporting the bodies to homes, said county special programmes executive Priscilla Wanyiri.

She said the burial ceremony will be held at Chaka Grounds in Kieni East subcounty before the bodies are transported to homes.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said government officials, including Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Water CS Eugene Wamalwa, will attend the ceremony.

The 11 were among 14 people who were massacred by heavily armed al Shabaab militia, in Soko Mbuzi village last Tuesday.

The thirteen stonemasons and an elderly woman were attacked at about 1.30 am, in the area predominantly inhabited by non-locals, who are mostly stonemasons.

The terrorists lobbed hand grenades at the entrances of the two houses in which the victims were asleep then hurled petrol bombs before shooting indiscriminately.

About 20 people were injured in the attack.