Police officers awarded for bravery

Dennis Momanyi Orobo of GSU Recce Company was honoured posthumously.

An Administration Police officer stabbed by a suspected terrorist outside the American embassy in Nairobi was among 25 recipients of bravery awards at a ceremony held on Tuesday.

Police Constable Bernard Amani Kiliru sustained serious head injuries but he shot and killed the suspected male terrorist of Somali origin, Mahamat Ibrahim Hassan, who had approached and attacked him with a knife last October with the intention of snatching his AK-47 rifle.

Momanyi died on July 14, 2016 while trying to subdue a constable affiliated to the Shabaab terrorist group who had deliberately shot dead six police officers at Kapenguria Police Station.

The commando and his colleagues managed to eliminate the assailant but Mr Momanyi died after he was shot.

The officers dominated the Manu Chandaria Bravery Awards presided over by Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet in Nairobi.

Also awarded for his bravery was Inspector of Police John Odhiambo, who had led his colleagues against al-Shabaab terrorists in Boni Forest in Lamu, killing three of them.

Corporal Maurice Wafula and Police Constables Boniface Gichobia and Alex Njenga were awarded for fighting against al-Shabaab, who had ambushed them along Kotulo-Elwak-Mandera Road, where five of their colleagues were killed.

PC Samuel Njeru, PC Joseph Maina and PC Abdi Hapii were also awarded for reacting bravely to al-Shabaab attacks in Wajir.

The awardees were given certificates for showing bravery in upholding law and order, some household items and an unspecified cash reward.

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