A police officer died Saturday night after an angry mob attacked him for intercepting marijuana in the Kaler area of Nyatike Sub-County, Migori.

The officer, stationed at Kaler patrol base, was on night duty with his colleague when he intercepted a boda-boda ferrying weed at around 9 pm on Saturday.

The Sunday Standard reports that Migori police commander Mark Wanjala confirmed the incident saying the boda-boda rider raised an alarm after he was caught attracting a crowd that attacked the officer.

“The boda-boda man had a motorbike which was carrying bhang and they arrested him. One person raised the alarm and the community came to his rescue,” Wanjala said.

The Migori police boss claimed the mob also attacked the officer with machetes, and cut him several times on the head before stabbing him.

Attempts by the officer’s colleague to scare away the mob by firing in the air bore no fruit. He escaped unhurt.

The injured cop was later rushed to Ombo Mission Hospital in Migori town where he succumbed to his injuries.

“We have launched our investigations into the matter,” Wanjala said.