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Police have arrested a suspected serial killer behind the murders that have rocked Nakuru north area of Mawanga and its environs in recent days.

Evans Michori Kebwaro, was smoked out of his hideout yesterday afternoon in Keroka, Kisii County, where he had gone into hiding immediately after detectives launched his manhunt.

He later revealed five of his accomplices Julius Otieno, 27, Josphat Simiyu, 24, Dennis Mmbolo 25, Isaac Kinyanjui, 18 and Makhoha Wanjala, 25, all of whom have been rounded up in a stealth operation conducted in Nakuru, by a specialized team of detectives.  

Police have since established is a jailbird with a criminal history, who has previously been convicted and served sentences in prison.

It comes after a high-powered security meeting that was held in Nakuru led by the cabinet secretary for Interior Dr Fred Matiang’i, following a presidential order.

It has been established all the murders targeted women and were committed during the day, with the victims’ bodies being found in the bedroom after being set ablaze.

The suspects were brought to Nairobi for further grilling at DCI.

Preliminary investigations indicate that Kebwaro is responsible for at least three murders committed within Mawanga area and its environs, which followed a similar modus operandi and were reported at Kiugoine police station between June 15 and 24, this year.

All the murders targeted women and were committed during the day, with the victims’ bodies being found in the bedroom after being set ablaze.

The probe indicates that the bloodthirsty killer would first rape the victims before strangling them and setting their lifeless bodies on fire under a heap of clothes.

On June 14, in Kiamaina, Nakuru North Sub County, Grace Wanjiku, 20, was found burnt beyond recognition under a heap of bedding in a house that had been razed down by a huge fire. Attempts by first responders to extinguish the fire proved futile, until fire engines from the Nakuru City County arrived.

A week later, Susan Wambui, was found dead in her bedroom at a house in Kiamaina after neighbours put off a fire that had engulfed the entire house at around 4pm. Luckily, her three year-old baby was rescued from the rubble.

In the latest murder incident, a 23-year-old woman identified as Diana Opicho was found murdered in cold blood in the same area of Mawanga, with her lifeless body sprawled on the floor of the house.

MEANWHILE:

President Uhuru Kenyatta is today expected in Eldoret to preside over a Kenya Defence Forces graduation event.

He will also open s hospital for the personnel which has been under construction.

The graduation at the Recruits Training Center will see only two relatives of each of the graduates attend.

The level four hospital will address the needs of the personnel in the area.

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