Metropolitan Police officer killed in Kenya
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Jamal Moghe was a criminal exhibits officer at a police station in Ealing, and volunteered as a Special Constable in Brent Photo: www.policespecials.com
Jamal Moghe, 26, from Wembley, was sitting next to the driver in a lorry that was carrying passengers, and was killed in the first moments of the ambush, according to one witness.
He was travelling from Isiolo town towards Marsabit, 350 miles north of the capital, Nairobi, and was understood to have been heading towards a rural school where he planned to arrange a donation of used laptops.
Mr Moghe was a criminal exhibits officer at a police station in Ealing, and volunteered as a Special Constable in Brent, Scotland Yard said.
"We were all shocked and saddened to hear of Jamal's death," said Andy Rowell, Ealing Borough Commander for the Metropolitan Police.
"He was a popular member of the team at Ealing Borough, and he also chose to serve his community by volunteering as a Special. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this time."
The ambush happened roughly 20 miles north of the small town of Archer's Post on Saturday.
"There were bandits who rushed onto the road and fired their guns at the front of the truck," said Mohamed Leeresh, a tourist guide from Archer's Post, who had spoken to another passenger on the vehicle.
Lorries are used as public transport between Archer's Post and Marsabit because of the poor state of the roads. Most passengers travel on top of goods in the back, but Mr Moghe had either paid for, or been offered the comfort of a seat in the cabin.
"Because he was a foreigner, he was sitting in the front next to the driver," Mr Leeresh said. "He died in the first seconds, when the thugs sprayed so many bullets at the vehicle.
"The driver died also and when the truck lost control, another passenger on the back was also killed. When the bandits saw there were dead people, they panicked and fled."
Mr Moghe was born in Somalia, and had fled with his family to Britain when he was 11 years old. His visit to Kenya, which neighbours Somalia, was the first time he had returned to Africa.
He was married last year. His wife, Sudi, told The Sun: "Being a policeman and doing charity work was his dream."
In keeping with Muslim tradition, Mr Moghe was buried on Sunday in Kenya.