Three suspected thieves were on Sunday morning lynched in botched robbery in Kapsaos village, Kericho County.
During the incident, irate villagers also torched the suspects’ get-away vehicle.
Kericho County Police Commander James Mugera confirmed the incident saying the three were among a gang of five cornered breaking into a local house at around 3am.
“The suspects who were five in number had arrived at the scene aboard a Toyota Probox registration No KCC 768A, white in color. They were immediately surrounded by the villagers who were attracted by distress calls from their intended victim’s house,” he said.
Mugera further said among the two who managed to escape is a man identified as Omari.
“An inquest file has been opened and efforts being made to trace and arrest the said Omari and his accomplice,” said Mugera.
The officer added that the lynched suspects are yet to be identified.
The remains of the suspects, which had deep cuts and partly burnt, were moved to the Kericho District Hospital Mortuary.
The incident comes at a time the county has been reporting a series of murder cases.
On Tuesday, a couple and their eight-year-old son were killed in Melit village.
The man was identified as Bernard Langat, his wife Khadija Langat.
The murder mystery is yet to be resolved.