Former Mayor of Kitui Mary Mwangangi has been killed after she was crushed by a fire engine during riots in the town.

Former Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu who was accompanying Mwangangi at the time of the incident narrowly escaped unharmed.

Ngilu expressed utter dismay at the turn of events saying she suspects foul play.

“I was the target,” Ngilu said shortly after the incident.

The former Cabinet Secretary will be vying for the Kitui County gubernatorial seat in 2017 General elections.

Tension remained high in the town on Friday afternoon.