The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Two Armed Gangsters Shot Dead in Kiambu

Two armed gangsters were on Wednesday night shot dead by police at Ruaka in Kiambu.

James warui, a taxi driver at Ngara, said a woman hired him to pick up a patient at Banana in Kiambu and take him to to Nazareth Hospital. When they reached Mucatha, a kilometre away from Banana , they picked a man and proceeded to Banana where they picked up two more men. Warui said the woman had not told him they would pick other people on the road. He said one of the men they picked immediately drew a gun and pointed it at him and ordered him to move to the back seat. "He ordered me to sit at the back and threatened to shot me if I raised the alarm," Warui said. The thugs went round Banana area for about three hours.

After the vehicle ran out of fuel, Warui said the thugs were picked by a colleague. "I went to Karuri police station and reported the matter where the police acted fast and waylaid the gangsters," he said. Kiambu police boss Samuel Mukindia said his officers received a tip off from the public that there were suspicious people in Banana village who were going round with a vehicle since morning. "We got a tip off from the members of the public of suspicious characters who had been driving around the town for hours and we pursued the matter," Mukindia said

He said t the police caught up with the vehicle which sped off after two people alighted. The officers, who were in plain clothes, approached the two men. One of whom drew a gun prompting the officers to shot them down. "My officers were prompted to shot down the two men after one of them drew a pistol," Mukindia said. Mukindia however said that police have launched on a manhunt for two men and a woman who who fled and asked the members of the public to report to any police station of suspicious people and vowed to fight on crime in kiambu area adding that the law will catch up with the culprits.

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