A father and son were ambushed and lynched by a mob in a case of mistaken identity attack in Junju village in Kilifi.
The incident happened on Wednesday night when the father who was accompanied by his son and their farmhand was ambushed by the irate mob who mistakenly believed them to be kidnappers.
The three were on a mission to inspect a piece of land in the area when the tragic incident occurred.
Residents who witnessed the lynching told Citizen Digital, that they assumed the father and son together with their farmhand were kidnappers.
The locals hacked the three to death before setting their car on fire.
The incident has been confirmed by Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata stating that detectives swang into action to nab those behind the tragedy.
“Tunaomba Wakenya wakuwe na subira, hawa watu waliuawa ni wafanya biashara, mtu na mwanawe na mfanyi kazi wao (I plead with Kenyans to exercise patience, these people who have been killed are businessmen, a father and son and their farmhand)” the commissioner said.
Three people have already been nabbed in connection with the killings and are still being probed to arrest more people involved.
The commissioner has since warned the residents while promising to get at the bottom of the matter.
“We have arrested three people, locals have been helpful, and we shall get to the bottom of the matter,” he added.
This is the second case in which members of the public have mistakenly attacked people suspected to be kidnappers.
A similar incident unfolded in the Zimmerman area in Nairobi where a car was attacked after residents suspected the owners of being kidnappers.
It took the efforts of the police to rescue them after receiving a thorough beating and their car was damaged and overturned.
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