Apart from the GENEVA Protocol, most of you might not be familiar with is because it is mainly used in the war frontlines, Anti Terrorism Police Units have a code laid out that is supposed to be followed.
I will not dive n all of them, let me explain here. There are internally set Rules of engagement, popularly know as RoEs in the field.
These, for those who have no clue what am talking about, are the internal rules or directives among military(police) forces that define the circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in which the use of force, or actions which might be construed as provocative, may be applied.
Are these RoEs familiar with Kenyan forces? Yesternight, Police in Kwale shot and killed a terror suspect, together with two children he was using as human shields during a night raid.
As much as they wanted to kill the terrorist, that didn’t warrant the killing of children. It s against Police RoEs. I can not imagine the fear those kids felt not only for being KIDnaped but also being killed by the only source of hope, police. This is bad
The suspected Al-Shabaab militant, Mohamed Mapenzi, was killed in his house in Kibundani by an elite police team. Mapenzi is alleged to have thrown a grenade at the police during the raid on Saturday night.
“As the officers were preparing to break into the suspect’s house, he suddenly opened the door and threw a grenade at them slightly injuring one of them,” reads a police report seen by the Nation.
The officers opened fire killing the suspect and the minors. The suspect’s wife and three other children were also injured in the raid and taken to Msabweni Referral Hospital.
The suspect, Saidi Chitswa alias Ninja, who is believed to be an Al-Shabaab recruiter, was arrested following reports that he was planning to launch an attack at an unnamed police station.
After interrogation, Chitswa led the officers to Mapenzi’s house to recover firearms. Police said a grenade and assorted jungle uniforms were recovered from the house.
Coast Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Washington Njiru said two other suspects were arrested during the operation.
Last month, another terror suspect who was identified as Suleiman Ali Kodza was gunned down in Kwale a day after he escaped a police dragnet in Mombasa.
Kodza, alias Pembe, who police had termed as Al-Shabaab ringleader in Diani was shot and killed in Ngerenya, South Coast.
Police sources say Kodza is believed to be in the same group with Mapenzi and were planning to carry out an attack at a police station with a mission of stealing firearms.
When Kodza was killed police recovered five bullets, a machete and a knife. Police linked him to the killing of two officers who were guarding St Paul’s ACK Church in Ukunda in September 2017.