Samburu trader admitted to hospital with bullet lodged in arm after attack

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Martin Kiptogom speaking to the press at Samburu county referral hospital, Sunday, April 23, 2017. /MARTIN FUNDI

A Samburu businessman was rushed to hospital with a bullet lodged in his arm after he was attacked by three armed gangsters on Saturday.

Martin Kiptogom’s driver and another passenger escaped unhurt when the gangsters accosted them at Lekuru, Wamba-Suguta road.

The 38-year-old physically disabled businessman is recuperating at Samburu county referral hospital in Maralal town.

“We had driven for about three kilometers from Lekuru market when the vehicle in front of me was shot at and the tyre burst.”

“After the driver escaped, one of the robbers shot at us. I was hit at the joint connecting my right hand at the shoulder,” Kiptogom said.

Dr Purity Muhoro of Samburu county referral hospital on Sunday said the victim is in a stable condition.

“Although the bullet is still lodged in his body, doctors worked hard to stabilise him. He is out of harm for now,” she said.

“We cannot remove the bullet at our facility since we lack resources for such operations,” Muhoro said.

“We have advised the patient to seek treatment at another hospital after we discharge him in the course of next week,” the medic said.

The doctor said cases of people Samburu Central and Samburu North being rushed to the hospital with gunshot injuries are on the increase.

County police commander Alfred Agengo said they have received some leads that will help them arrest the suspects.

Most parts of North Rift are experiencing a wave of bandit attacks staged by a lack of pasture and water.

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