The Star (Nairobi)

13 February 2013

Kenya: Thieves Snatch Sh64,000 From Embu Group

Four armed men yesterday afternoon attacked a trading centre in Embu North and snatched Sh64,170. The money belonged to a women's self-help group who were meeting at Kibugu Market. Nguviu Mwirutiri self-help group had collected the money to repay a loan from Kenya Women Finance Trust.

Embu deputy police boss Paul Kuria said KWFT officers were with the women waiting to pick the money. He said the four me seemed to have had prior knowledge of the women's group meeting.

Armed with a gun they stormed into the meeting room and demanded the money. Kuria said the women raised the alarm after the gang had left.

He said Sh34,570 was recovered and two suspects arrested. Kuria said the chair of the group will be interrogated alongside the two other suspects.

On Sunday evening, three robbers armed with two AK47 rifles attacked a bar in Embu town killing a patron and seriously injuring two others.

The gang stole Sh18,500 in cash. The robbery took place at Jerusa- lem Bar in Karurina Market. The bar owner Joel Muthee was also robbed of his phone.

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