Kenyan police said on Monday they had arrested two people in connection with the weekend stabbing and death of Ugandan athlete Benjamin Kiplagat.
However, the two men—believed to be in their 30s—were arrested on the outskirts of the Rift Valley town of Eldoret, local police commander Stephen Okal said.
Okal told our news reporters that “the two suspects are known criminals who have been terrorizing members of the public.”
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“We are in the advanced stage of the investigations, and we will possibly be sending them to court tomorrow.”
Furthermore, the Kenyan-born Kiplagat had represented Uganda internationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, including at several Olympic Games and World Championships.
The 34-year-old’s body was found in a car on Saturday night with a deep knife wound to his neck.
While the motive for the killing was still unknown, police said investigations had shown that Kiplagat had been “waylaid” by the two men before he hit their motorcycle with his car.
Eldoret is known for being home to numerous athletes who undergo training in the high-altitude region. Additionally,
He made the semi-finals of the event at the 2012 Olympics in London and also competed in Rio in 2016.
Kiplagat, whose career spanned about 18 years, won the silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2008 World Junior Championships and bronze at the Africa Championships in 2012.
In conclusion, his death follows the killing in October 2021 of Kenyan distance running star Agnes Tirop, who was found stabbed to death at the age of 25 in her home at Iten, a training hub near Eldoret.
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