Tension is high at Kivayea Secondary School in Matete Sub-county after a group of thugs invaded the institution on Thursday morning and hacked three guards to death.

The attackers descended on the school and caught the guards unaware, luckily, one managed to escape with injuries.

The injured guard identified as Situma Shitikho was taken to Webuye Sub-county hospital where he is currently fighting for his life.

The three deceased guards have been identified as Henry Khaoya, Evans Wanyonyi and Edward Wanyama.

Residents gathered around the crime scene. [Photo: Hilton Otenyo] 

According to area police boss Thomas Ototo, a television set, a laptop and a public address system were stolen during the incident.

Ototo further noted that it is highly likely that the robbers descended on the guards while they were sleeping.

"The watchmen could have been hacked while asleep from where they had positioned themselves because there were no signs of d struggle," the police boss told a local daily.

According to Ototo, no student was attacked during the incident; an indication that the thugs were targeting assets and other valuables in the school.

Meanwhile, police have launched investigations into the robbery and appealed to locals to share any information that may lead to arrest of the perpetrators.

The bodies of the deceased have been taken to Webuye Hospital mortuary.