Kenya murder: Army chief 'appalled' at claims British soldiers were involved in Agnes Wanjiru killing

The head of the Army has said he is 'appalled' by claims British soldiers were involved in the killing of a young Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank

10/28/2021 4:08:00 PM

The head of the Army has said he is 'appalled' by claims British soldiers were involved in the killing of a young Kenyan woman whose body was found in a septic tank

The body of 21-year-old Agnes Wanjiru was found in a septic tank at the Lions Court Hotel in the town of Nanyuki, close to a British Army training camp, two months after she disappeared in March 2012.

Sources have previously confirmed to Sky News that the UK government had been aware of the incident and the accusations.A post-mortem examination found Ms Wanjiru died as a result of stab wounds to her chest and abdomen.Image:General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith said he is 'determined' to establish the facts 'as quickly as possible'. Pic: MoD

There was also evidence she had been beaten, although due to the condition of her body it was unclear whether she had been sexually assaulted.Witnesses told The Sunday Times that Ms Wanjiru, a sex worker, was last seen leaving the hotel's bar with a British soldier.

, the police chief said his detectives were actively investigating allegations that two British soldiers murdered Ms Wanjiru.Joshua Lutukai dismissed suggestions his force was not investigating the crime rigorously enough.The initial inquiry stalled, but a fresh investigation was launched after an inquest delayed until 2019 found Ms Wanjiru had been unlawfully killed, The Sunday Times reported last month. headtopics.com

It has prompted Labour to call on the government toinvestigate any possible"cover-up".A defence source told the PA news agency:"The defence secretary has been impatient with the pace of this, and has directed full co-operation."He has worked with the military police and Kenyans to ensure their investigation is not impeded."

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