February 28|Gossip|Trending|1447hrs Njugunah Ndung'u -1 min read.
Police on Sunday evening came to the rescue of nine Nigerian nationals in Thika town, Kiambu County after locals accused them of witchcraft.
The angry mob wanted to lynch them after they were found in Kangokii area within Makongeni in Thika while performing what locals thought were rituals.
The mob started to beat them up while shouting to attract the attention of other members of the public.
Mob lynching is criminal in Kenya and there has been a worryingly rising trend in the country as most citizens suffer at the hands of miscreants.The recent case being that of 2 Murang'a grannies who were lynched on similar witchcraft claims.
Mary Njoki, 75, and Jane Wambui, 85, were killed by attackers who were armed with crude weapons.
The gang which comprised of more than 100 men, beat the two mercilessly and when they became unconscious, they set them on fire.
Njoki and her husband were relaxing in their house, drinking tea, when the gang stormed in. The gang went ahead and picked Wambui from her home and led her to a road where they lynched them (victims).
The effects of mob lynching are devastating and far-reaching, affecting not only the victims and their families but also the society as a whole.
The Nigerians denied the ritual claims and told police they were praying for peaceful elections in their country.
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