MEDIA: A fleet of police vehicles park in front of the victim premise along Asquana Road in Bungoma town. PHOTO/SIMIYU WAKAJUANESS
There was panic in Bungoma town as a man gained access to an Asian homestead, robed family of cash before bombing the family car.
The incident which happened at 5.37pm on Monday 30th March, 2020, caused panic in Namachanja estate behind Asquana House when a man in his late 20s robbed the family of businessman Ginish Patel, threatened to kill them before bombing their car using an improvised explosive device (IED).
According to Mr Patel, the man, who was alone, accessed the premises and ordered all the family members to lie down before robbing them of Ksh30,000 cash.
“He grabbed me by my hand and told me to save my family by giving him all the money lest we perish all,” said a vividly traumatized Patel.
“But I defied him and threatened him back with a tough battle if he went ahead to injure my family,” added Patel.
It’s through this commotion outside the house that one family member jumped out of the house and escaped through the main gate to alert the neighbours about the intruder.
According to Patel, the alarm triggered the man to throw an IED at their car, a Toyota Caldina KBT 849U that had packed outside the premise.
Neighbours claim they heard thunderous explosion and when they came out, the man had already escaped using back fence before the police arrived.
Moments later, the police officers drawn from various units jetted in, among them the Bungoma County Commissioner Dr. Abdi Hassan, Bungoma South Deputy County Commissioner Abdi Shakur and Bungoma DCIO Joseph Nzioka.
The police recovered an IED and a fake pistol.
The police are now suspecting a highly dangerous ex-GSU officer who has deep knowledge in explosives. Residents have been asked to be on the watch as the suspect could still be roaming around town during these curfew hours.
DCIO Joseph Nzioka has vowed to bring the culprit to book.
“We are pursuing the suspect using all means and we have also secured the scene, making sure that there’s no any other weapon left to hurt the family and neighbours.
It was the first incident the town was witnessing a robbery that involves an improvised explosive device.
The police have, however, assured residents of maximum security and asked them to share any suspicious activities with the officers.