The Star (Nairobi)

29 December 2012

Kenya: Cops Launch Manhunt for Gang of Christmas Thugs

Police in Nairobi have been ordered to track down a five-man armed gang that terrorised and robbed city residents over the festive season.

The police operation has been ordered following a meeting called by Nairobi PPO Moses Ombati and attended by Embakasi OCPD Akello Odhiambo, his Buru Buru, Langata, and Makadara counterparts Hassan Barua, Titus Yoma and Thomas Atuti respectively.

The gangsters on Thursday night carjacked and waylaid eight city residents in a daring robbery spree and snatched ATM cards, mobile phones and money before abandoning their victims.A KTN reporter fell victim to the gangsters when he was carjacked in Balozi estate as he was driving in. He was robbed of Sh6,100, a wedding band and two ATM cards.

One man was shot in the abdomen and seriously injured by the gangsters after he declined to reveal his ATM card pin. He is currently recuperating in a city hospital.The gangsters first accosted two women at the Akiba estate gate and robbed them of Sh6,000 before driving them to an ATM in Embakasi where they were forced to withdraw money from their accounts.

The gangsters then blocked a Toyota Prado on Mombasa Road and robbed its three occupants of cash and their ATM cards.They accosted another motorist in Umoja II estate and drove off in his car.

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