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MERU: The brave woman who took a bullet for boda boda rider fleeing from armed thugs

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  • A woman who saved a man fleeing from armed assailants in Igembe, Meru county, was shot on her left leg as the thugs sought to know where the man had disappeared to.
  • The brave woman who kept mum on the whereabouts of the boda boda rider hiding under a bed in her house, is currently recuperating at a hospital in Meru county in stable condition.

A woman in Igembe, Meru County, is receiving treatment after she was shot on her leg by thugs who wanted to know the whereabouts of a man they were after.

It all started on Tuesday evening when a boda boda operator who was fleeing from the armed assailants sought refuge at the woman’s house.

Upon being asked by the thugs on the whereabouts of Eliphas Mutwiri, the woman refused to be cowed into revealing that he was hiding under a bed in her house all this while.

Not even a gunshot in her left leg could force the brave woman into submitting to the thugs.

Thugs were posing as passengers

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Mutwiri who operates from Laare Market in Igembe was ferrying two pillion passengers to Joune Market when one of them suddenly brandished a pistol and ordered him to stop.

“A defiant Mutwiri declined and a scuffle ensued as he tried to disarm the thug, who had reached for the bike’s ignition key. In the ensuing melee, the firearm discharged one round prompting Mutwiri to dump the bike in a ditch with the thugs on board, before taking flight for dear life,” reports the DCI.

As the thugs gathered themselves from the fall, Mutwiri had run for his life and sought refuge at the woman’s house.

“The agitated thugs who were no longer interested in the bike, stormed the woman’s house a minute later baying for Mutwiri’s blood. When the woman denied harbouring the rider, the thugs shot her on the left leg as they fled,” adds the DCI.

Following the shooting, Mutwiri crept out of his hideout and together with neighbours who had responded to the gunshot sounds rushed her to hospital.

She is currently recuperating and in stable condition.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt for the duo, “and detectives are closing in on them to answer to their crimes.”

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