On Wednesday night, Kenyans were shocked to breaking news of a blast at Pangani police station in Nairobi. The incident claimed four lives, including two police officers. With the ongoing fight on terrorism, Kenyans still continue to live in fear and demand quick solutions to the state of insecurity.
In an effort to waylay speculations and inform Kenyans on the truth about the blast, the Office of the Inspector General National Police Service released a press release detailing the events that led to the fateful blast.
Read it below
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE NAIROBI – KENYA
PRESS RELEASE: PANGANI POLICE STATION BLAST
Today at around 8pm our officers on a 999 patrol vehicle as they were carrying out their normal patrol, saw a Toyota Corolla NZE driving on the wrong side of the road. The occupants were flagged down and questioned what was their motive to drive on the wrong side but by the occupants couldn’t clearly explain.
The officers decided to take them to Pangani Police Station for further interrogation. Two officers entered the car to make sure the suspects didn’t escape, one sat at the front and the other at the back, while the remaining officers in the 999 patrol car escorted the suspected car from behind.
On reaching the Pangani Police Station gate, one of the suspect on sensing danger he ignited the IED that had been mounted at the boot of the suspects car. Unfortunately the car exploded killing all occupants including our two officers and two suspects.
I want to assure Kenyans that war against terrorism is still on and we are not relenting. We cannot be cowed by such heinous acts and therefore I fully declare war against any acts of crime in the country.
I mourn the loss of the the two gallant officers who have died in their line of duty as they were defending and protecting our beloved country. I appreciate their good, were it not for them to have intercepted the vehicle, the IED could have caused a huge damage. Their devotion and dedication will forever be remembered by us.
On the same note, I commend the NPS officers countrywide for their commitment in the war against terrorism and I urge them to continue with the same spirit until we win this war.
I call upon the members of the public to share any information with our law enforcement agencies.
God Bless you. God Bless Kenya.
DAVID M. KIMAIYO MGH, CBS INSPECTOR GENERAL NATIONAL POLICE SERVICE