- Three thugs had planned an attack in Embakasi when DCI detectives intercepted
- They opened fire as they tried to escape but were subdued after police responded, killing two people instantly.
- The third suspect managed to escape
On the night of Friday, September 17, detectives attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (DCI) shot dead two of the three robbery suspects.
The thieves were armed with a gun and several cartridges that detectives recovered after being shot.
According to the DCI, the thugs had planned attacks in the vicinity of Embakasi before detectives caught up with them.
After seeing that they were being pursued, they opened fire on detectives as they tried to get away from law enforcement.
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The officers retaliated, killing two of them as the third managed to escape to the nearby settlements of Mukuru kwa Njenga.
After the operation, detectives recovered an Austrian-made Glock pistol and 29 9mm caliber live ammunition from one of the fallen gangsters.
After their preliminary ballistic tests, detectives noticed that the same gun had been used to commit various thefts in the city, including a cold-blooded murder in the slums of Mukuru Kwa Njenga.
The thugs were also linked to the series of robberies targeting mobile money lending shops in the Eastlands areas of Nairobi.
With the help of officers from Buru Buru and Embakasi, the Friday night operation was carried out by detectives from various specialized detachments, led by the Directorate of Operations and the Bureau of Crime Research and Intelligence (CRIB ) from Nairobi.
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Last month, Nairobi police shot dead two thugs suspected of being behind a series of robberies in Muthaiga and Spring Valley.
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The duo, a man and a woman, were gunned down on Old Kiambu Road on Monday August 16.
The incident was confirmed by Starehe Sub-County Police Chief Julius Kiragu, who revealed that the suspects shot the officers but were repulsed and fatally injured.
No officer was injured in the incident.
Police recovered a pistol loaded with seven bullets, two crowbars, a DVD player, laptops and more than 150 keys from the thugs.