Police in Kenya say they have arrested 14 persons linked to a horrific rape and robbery incident on Tuesday.
The suspects are said to have played a role in robbing a family and killing a woman. They also seriously injured her husband and gang-raped their three grand-daughters.
The incident happened in the town of Litein, according to local media reports.
Police on Thursday said they believe three of those arrested actually took part in the robbery and gang-rape.
They were identified by the victims during an identification parade mounted at Litein Police Station on Wednesday evening.
Senior police officer Ali Abdi said on Thursday that the police “have several suspects in custody and we are closing in on others who have gone underground but are said to have participated in the murder of the grandmother.”
How the act was executed
Daily Nation reports that many of those arrested are casual labourers working on house for one of the victims.
Police said the woman who was killed was 73 years old and a mother of six. She had been unwell for some time and was on a wheelchair when she was killed by her attackers.
“They hit her on the head with a blunt object then beat up the househelp, leaving her unconscious,” said James Mugera, another senior police officer.
Kenyans have been shocked by this horrific attack as rape and defilement cases in parts of the east African country continue to increase.
A 13-year-old girl is already fighting for her life after she was raped by a gang of 10 men this year.
Just last year a 16-year-old girl was also raped by a gang of seven men.