Two wanted gangsters in Embakasi were on Friday night shot dead and a firearm recovered as DCI detectives intensify the war against criminal gangs in Nairobi City.
The thugs were accosted by the sleuths just when they were finalising their plans to stage attacks within Embakasi area.
The three suspected criminals scattered into different directions, shooting indiscriminately at the detectives. But the detectives responded with precision, shooting dead two of them as the third one escaped towards Mukuru kwa Njenga slums.
“Determined to arrest him, detectives gave chase but the thug was lucky to jump into a sewer infested with human waste, his body riddled with gunshot injuries,” says the DCI.
Recovered firearms used in multiple crimes
Detectives recovered an Austrian-made Glock pistol and 29 live rounds of 9 mm calibre from one of the dead gangsters.
After preliminary ballistic tests, it was established that the same firearm had been used to commit various robberies in the city, including the cold blood murder of Monica Katee, who was shot five times at Mukuru kwa Njenga, four days ago.
“The thugs were also linked to the series of robberies that have been targeting mobile money lending outlets within Nairobi’s East-lands suburbs, with one of them named Kevin Maruga, being positively identified by some of the victims,” adds the DCI.
The 11 pm operation was led by detectives drawn from different specialised detachments, led by Nairobi’s Operations Branch & Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau (CRIB). They were augmented by sleuths from Buru Buru and Embakasi police divisions.