Body of slain PS Maawy’s bodyguard found in Boni Forest

Public Works PS Mariam El-Maawy's vehicle which the militants razed after she was abducted in Lamu, Wednesday, July 13, 2017. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: The body of an Administration Police bodyguard Ayub Ole Ndoloni who was with Public Works Principal Secretary Ms Mariam El Maawy when a group of over 30 armed suspected Al-Shabaab militants hijacked their vehicle at Milihoi in Lamu West on Thursday has been found two days after the incident.

Ndoloni’s body which was badly burnt was found in the forest near the scene of the attack on Saturday.

Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri confirmed that the body of the PS’s personal bodyguard was found at around 10am by security officers conducting a security operation in the area.

He said the body had been taken to the Mpeketoni Sub-County hospital mortuary.

“It is true. Security officers in operation have discovered the body of PS Mariam El Maawy’s bodyguard today at around 10am in the forest near the incident at Milihoi. It is that of AP officer Ayub Ole Ndoloni.He died defending his boss. He went down defending the dignity of this country. I knew him for over three years.He was a diligent soldier,” said Kanyiri.

Ndoloni was among the six occupants in the Toyota Prado vehicle belonging to PS El Maawy most of whom died in the incident.

At least three security officers died during the incident.

Also among those who died is PS El Maawy’s nephew, a pilot trainee Arif Kassim Athman.

Arif,21 is said to have been trapped in the vehicle that later blew up and was burnt beyond recognition.

He was buried at the Mokowe Cemetery in Lamu West on Friday evening.

The bodyguard was reported missing shortly after the Milihoi attack on Thursday with police suspecting that he had been taken hostage by the terrorists.

The discovery of the bodyguard’s body brings the death toll of those who perished to five.

Meanwhile, the PS is being treated at a Nairobi hospital.