Three armed gangsters were yesterday gunned down at Jambo in Karatina.

Police said the suspects were part of a five-man gang and were travelling to Kutus in Kirinyaga town where they had planned a robbery.

Two of them escaped on foot.

The robbers were gunned down by detectives from Special Crimes Prevention Unit.

The police opened fire on their vehicle at a check point along the Nyeri-Nairobi Highway after they defied an order to stop and instead shot at the officers.

A Ceska pistol, a home-made rifle and simcards were recovered from their vehicle.

Last weekend, police gunned down a suspected gangster in Ngangarithi in Nyeri Town and recovered an AK 47 rifle and five rounds of ammunition.