Two suspected chicken thieves were on Wednesday night beaten to death and their bodies set on fire in Meru county, Kenya.

The suspects are said to have been ambushed while cooking the chicken.

One of the suspects, Mwenda Abayo said to have escaped from a prison a few years ago.

Angry villagers tied the suspects together using a wire, beat them up before setting them ablaze.

According to NairobiNews, Catherine Gitari, a resident, said she heard young men chanting war cries at night but did not dare to go outside, and trooped to the scene on Thursday morning to find the charred remains of the suspects.

“I heard war cries and at the moment didn’t know what was happening. We were shocked to find the bodies lying here,” she said.

Julius Gitonga, a village elder, said the area has been experiencing runaway insecurity and appealed to the government to build a police post to stem the crime wave.

Police were called at the seen late before the thieves were burnt to death.

 

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