Five suspected robbers shot dead in city
Published on April 26, 2008, 12:00 am
By Saturday Standard Team
Police have gunned down five suspected gangsters in separate incidents in Nairobi.
Two gangsters were shot dead by Administration Police in Pumwani as they robbed pedestrians.
The officers recovered a toy pistol and other weapons in the Wednesday incident.
In the second incident, prison warders shot dead a suspect as he and seven others tried to break into residential houses in Uhuru Gardens.
And Kasarani Officer Commanding Police Division, Mr Jasper Ombati, said patrol officers shot dead a suspected mugger and recovered a kitchen knife. The man had attacked women who were walking home on Wednesday night.
A fifth suspect was shot in the city centre as he tried to rob women at gunpoint.
The man had pounced on the women along Luthuli Avenue and was escaping towards Taveta Road when police caught up with him. Central OCPD Tito Kilonzi said the deceased was a wanted criminal. A Taurus pistol was found on him.
“He has been attacking pedestrians and shops armed with the gun,” said Kilonzi.
Mugging incidents are on the rise in the city.
A matatu driver was shot dead by police in Nyeri in mysterious circumstances.
But police claimed Duncan Mwangi was a suspected carjacker.
Highway patrol police shot Mwangi following reports by their colleagues manning a roadblock in Naro Moru that the vehicle had been stolen.
But a group of mourners whom Mwangi had earlier ferried to a burial at Thome village in Nyeri North, denied he was a gangster.
The mourners said Mwangi appeared drunk and declined to stop at a roadblock when police waved him down.
They said instead of stopping, he accelerated to escape the officers who wanted to impound the vehicle. The OCPD, Mr Kirunya Limbitu, said police had thought the vehicle had been carjacked.
In Nyahururu, Nyandarua North District, two robbery suspects were shot and seriously injured at Coresite estate.
The suspects had attempted to raid a house when the police intervened on Thursday night.
They were admitted to Nyandarua District Hospital with gunshot wounds.
Police boss, Mr Amos Owang’, said the two were believed to be behind a series of robberies in the town.
He said police got a distress call from the occupant of the house they were trying to break into at around midnight.
Crime has increased in the town in the recent past, with residents living in fear.