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Five suspected thugs shot dead in Nairobi

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By Cyrus Ombati | August 15th 2013

By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: Five suspected thugs were Wednesday night shot dead In Nairobi by police in two separate incidents and two guns with seven bullets recovered.

The first incident happened along Mamlaka Road near Serena Hotel in the city where three men were gunned down and a pistol with four bullets and a car recovered from them.

Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit Noah Katumo said the men had earlier on attacked and robbed a female motorist along Mbagathi Road.

Katumo said they also had information the men were headed to commit a robbery in the city centre when they were confronted at about 9 pm.

“Our officers had to strike first because had they waited things could be bad on our side. One suspect managed to escape from the scene,” said Katumo at the scene.

He added efforts to trace the suspect are ongoing and urged for vigilance from motorists. Katumo also advised motorists who are attacked to always comply with orders from the gangs.

A fourth suspect was killed in Githurai 44 area on Thursday morning at about 4 am in a botched robbery.

Police say he was in the company of three others and had attacked a motorist before they acted and recovered a pistol that had three bullets.

Another suspected thug was shot dead in a botched robbery incident in Pangani area, Nairobi.

Police say the deceased was in the company of three others and had been attacking pedestrians when an alarm was raised alerting police who were on patrol on Wednesday morning.

Police say the other gang members managed to escape on foot and that the body was moved to the mortuary. Cases of armed robberies have been on the rise in the past months with police struggling to contain them.

In the last month alone, police have gunned down up to 30 suspects in the war on crime.


 

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