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Police officer attacked by mob in Mvita while trying to effect an arrest.

A police officer on Friday July 10 sustained serious injuries after a mob attacked him.

The officer was attacked at Kibokoni area in Mvita within Mombasa County after he tried to effect an arrest on a member of the public who was not wearing a mask.

The officer who was bleeding profusely was rushed by well-wishers to Coast General Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

Cases of hostility between police officers and civilians have been on the rise especially during this period the country is battling Covid-19.

Recently a section of Rioma Police Station in Kisii County was set ablaze by residents who were protesting the killing of a local businessman by a police officer.

Locals said the officer accused the deceased of selling fake sanitizers before shooting him dead.

In June similar protests had been staged in Nandi County where a police officer shot and killed a cobbler for allegedly not wearing a mask. Riots that ensued afterwards led to the killing of two other people.

According to Section 103 (a) of the National Police Service Act No. 11 (A) of 2011, offences related to assault of police can attract a fine not exceeding 1 million shillings, imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.

“Any person who assaults resists or willfully obstructs a police officer in the due execution of the police officer’s duties, assaults, resists or willfully obstructs any person acting in aid of the police officer, attacks an animal belonging to the service or intentionally or recklessly, destroys police property, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Kshs 1 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both,” the act reads.