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The condition in which the bodies of the six men that went missing, and are suspected to have been abducted by law enforcement officers was horrifying, and heart-wrenching.
Details that have emerged from a postmortem report which was ordered by the Independent Medico Legal Unit (IMLU), and carried out at Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet by County Pathologist Wangare Wambui and Titus Ngulungu point to very painful deaths that the victims faced.
“Some of the bodies had clean cuts, broken fingers, and mechanical fractures of the upper limbs which has no tissue bruising,” IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama said in a statement.
Kiama further said that, “according to the preliminary reports provided by our team, it was reported that the deceased had their hands tied before being shot to death.”
Further, the bodies had wounds, “that may have been inflicted after death.”
An autopsy on all the 6 bodies revealed that the gunshot wounds ranged between four and ten gunshots per head.
Dr Wambui said the results on the six bodies revealed that they were killed in a similar manner, as they all had gunshot wounds on their heads.
“The pattern of the injuries was similar and all had multiple gunshot wounds ranging from six to 10 shots. But the fatal wounds were to the head, which were blown off either at contact or close range,” said Dr Wambui.
She noted there were multiple gunshot injuries to various parts of the body and that most of them were from the back.
“Apart from the gunshots, there were other injuries on their bodies, including incision wounds. Some of them had fractures on their hands, which had been twisted. It seems that they were tortured before they died,” she explained.
Rift Valley Regional Coordinator George Natembeya, however, has disputed claims of extra-judicial killings, noting the six might have been involved in livestock theft that occurred in Arabal.