SECTIONS

Police kill three thugs in one of Kenya's best planned shootout

Members of The Kenya Police have left residents of Jogoo road in awe after carrying out a patient secret surveillance that led to gunning down of three sought-after gangsters.

The day-long undercover mission carried out on Friday, December 15 has ridded Jogoo Road residents off notorious members of a gang.

According to Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome, the three killed were part of a gang involved in robberies and killings in the city.

“We recovered three firearms and ammunition from them. This was through intelligence. A member of the public tipped us. They were planning a robbery,” he said.

The well informed police officers took cover among residents at 8 am and lazed around until 6 pm when they engaged the thugs in a shootout.

Their looks did not alert the residents since they were unkempt, one spotting dreadlocks and chewing on miraa when another bearded officer spotted a t-shirt and baggy pants.

In order to remain unnoticed, two of the officers spent the day lazing around the estate moving into kiosks and even stopped in one to bargain for a bowl of soup which they later paid for and settled to take.

One of the officers sought casual employment at a nearby construction site where spent his entire day carrying bags of sand on his back.

Another spent the day walking around the estate dressed in coveralls similar to those donned by Kenya Power technicians.

One officer chose to sit on a wooden bench at a shop where he spent his day sipping soda and watching over a carton box.

Another chose to fit in the environment by sitting on a motorcycle all day though he did not call out for customers.

It was just before six in the evening when the residents were treated to a show. The officers including the one in coveralls rushed to the carton box and drew weapons that included pistols and AK-47 assault rifles and before they knew it, residents saw the bodies of the three lying on the road.

This astounding action comes barely after Kenyan police force was ranked third worst in a World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI) report by International Police Science Association (IPSA) and the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

WISPI aims at measuring security provider performance across the four domains of internal security: capacity, process, legitimacy, and outcomes.