A police officer and two soldiers on Wednesday sustained terrible injuries following a confrontation which ensued after both sides mistook each other for terrorists.
The incident happened at the Bura, Garissa county, according to state police.
The police officer later identified as Constable Emmanuel Ngao reportedly felt challenged by two Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers, Senior Private David Mbugua and Jeremy Malusi who were on patrol and shot at them, prompting them to return fire.
Confirming the incident, Fafi Sub-county police boss George Sangalo said the three security operatives sustained gunshot injuries and are now in critical condition but they are receiving treatment.
A police report reads, “Constable Emmanuel Ngao was challenged by KDF soldiers, Senior Private Jeremy Malusi and David Mbugua. He mistook the officers to be militants, he shot and seriously injured them. The soldiers fired back and the policeman was injured on his leg.”
“The three officers sustained gunshot injuries and were taken to Bura East Sub-County Hospital and are in critical condition.”
Meanwhile, the US President, Donald Trump has reacted to the death of George Floyd after a police officer knelt on his neck while already handcuffed.
Trump described George’s death as “very sad and tragic” and he disclosed that he has ordered a swift FBI investigation, assuring that justice will be served.
He wrote on Twitter: “At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd….
“….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
A bystander’s video which has since gone viral showed Floyd saying “I can’t breathe” as an officer knelt on the handcuffed man’s neck, pleading until he stopped moving.
The officers’ dismissal following a global outrage was announced on Twitter on Tuesday by Mayor Jacob Frey, saying “This is the right call.”
Police said the man matched the description of a suspect in a forgery case at a grocery store, and that he resisted arrest.
The video starts with the shirtless man on the ground, and does not show what happened in the moments prior. The unidentified officer is kneeling on his neck, ignoring his pleas. “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe. Please, man,” said Floyd, who has his face against the pavement.
Floyd also moans. One of the officers tells him to “relax.” The man calls for his mother and says: “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts … I can’t breathe.”
As bystanders shout their concern, one officer says, “He’s talking, so he’s breathing.” But Floyd stops talking and slowly becomes motionless under the officer’s restraint. The officer does not remove his knee until the man is loaded onto a gurney by paramedics.
Several witnesses had gathered on a nearby sidewalk, some recording the scene on their phones. The bystanders become increasingly agitated. One man yells repeatedly.