Police in Migori county have launched a manhunt for two prisoners who assaulted a warden and escaped with his gun on Thursday.
The two prisoners, working at Lichota farm on the outskirts of Migori town, beat up the warden guarding them, before taking his rifle and escaping into a nearby sugarcane plantation.
Migori prison commander Barnabas Kinyor and Migori county police commandant David Kirui confirmed the incident on Friday.
One suspect was serving a three-year jail term for theft and the other eight month.
“The two prisoners were convicted recently, one for stealing a motorbike and the other for stealing a cow,” Kinyor said.
Kirui said police are searching for the suspects who are likely to have crossed the border to Tanzania.
“I kindly ask the members of the public to be on the look out for the suspects who are armed and dangerous,” Kirui said.
Kirui expressed fears that the stolen gun may be used to commit crimes in the area.