Three Kenyan officials injured in ambush by gunmen before national exams

2021-03-08 18:05:13 GMT2021-03-09 02:05:13(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NAIROBI, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Three Kenyan officials including a police officer who were escorting national examination materials were shot and seriously wounded in an ambush in a region in Samburu County, northwest region.

Mercus Ochola, Rift Valley regional police commander confirmed the incident on Monday, saying the injured were escorting the materials on a government vehicle to Baragoi when they came under fire by three gunmen who were waiting on the roadside on Sunday evening.

Ochola said the gunmen grabbed an AK47 magazine with 30 rounds belonging to one of the officers onboard the vehicle.

He however said nothing was stolen from the vehicles carrying the examination materials.

"No exam materials were stolen. Those were bandits but we will get them," he said.

The area is prone to banditry attacks. The victims were admitted to a local dispensary in fair condition.

At least 70,000 police officers will be deployed to safeguard this year's national examinations, Ochola said.

The officers will be responsible for undercover operations, mobile phone tracking, manning school premises and emergency responses and escorting the materials.

The national examinations will commence on March 22.

Ochola said only headteachers will be allowed to carry their phones to schools as part of the measures to tame cheating. Enditem