- Residents of Githurai 45 who found bodies of three middle-aged men claimed they were victims of police brutality.
- However, police have stated they were killed out of a shootout over alleged car theft.
Police have established that the three middle-aged men found dead, dumped in Githurai 45, Kiambu County were gangsters.
The deceased were allegedly part of a four-man gang that reportedly stole a private vehicle in Nairobi’s Kayole area on Thursday night.
A fierce shootout ensued between the robbers and police along the Mwiki-Githurai 45 Road, leading to the death of three. Their counterpart managed to flee towards Mwiki bearing gunshot wounds.
Earlier, residents who found the bodies claimed they were victims of police brutality, as has been claimed in various mysterious deaths recently.
Investigations have established that the four stole a white Toyota Probox of registration number KBZ 113S in Saika area of Kayole.
Trailed to Githurai
An inquest with NTSA revealed the car was registered to one Francis Gatambi, a resident of Kayole.
Upon theft of his car, Gatambi is said to have reported the incident at Mwiki Police Station under OB Number 4/29/10/2021.
“The owner was contacted, and he confirmed that the vehicle was missing from where he’d parked it on Thursday night,” police said.
After trailing the suspects, they allegedly declined to surrender, prompting a shootout that ended fatally.
Police recovered the vehicle only to discover that the criminals had “tampered with the ignition, and used an improvised metallic rod to start the car.”
They also recovered a home-made pistol in the car.
Bodies of the criminals were transferred to City Mortuary and are yet to be identified.
Ruiru Sub-County Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Justus Ombati says investigations have been launched into matter, and detectives are hunting down the fugitive.