Police carry away the bodies of four gangsters killed in Donholm Estate on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | FRED MUKINDAPolice carry away the bodies of four gangsters killed in Donholm Estate on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | FRED MUKINDA
By COLLINS OMULO, [email protected]

Three gangsters were gunned down by police officers at Tena Estate in Donholm after attempting to rob a betting facility in the area.

Speaking to Nairobi News on Monday, Nairobi police boss Japheth Koome confirmed that the three thugs were felled by police after a tip by members of the public.

One suspect managed to escape.

“The three gangsters were gunned down by the police at about 3.50pm in Tena Estate after an attempt to rob a betting facility in the area but unfortunately one managed to escape,” Mr Koome said.

PHOTO | FRED MUKINDA

PHOTO | FRED MUKINDA

Mr Koome said that the gangsters were armed with two firearms, a Ceska pistol and a homemade pistol.

One bystander was shot in the exchange of gunfire and  later died in the hospital.

“The four had firearms and exchanged fire with the police and in the process shooting a member of the public who later succumbed at the hospital,” he said.

Eyewitnesses said the incident happened on the road between PEFA Donholm church and Salama Court.

“I heard gun shots while in the house before immediately coming out to find what was happening. I saw two of them killed just here (pointing at the scene) when they pretended to be buying fruits,” said a lady.

She added that the thugs were known in the area and had been terrifying residents.

PHOTO | FRED MUKINDA

PHOTO | FRED MUKINDA

“Thank God they are gone. They have been stealing from us for a very long time,” she said.

Another witness said that one of the gangsters who had a gun and a machete was the one who fatally shot the bystander.

According to him, the thugs were known to them and operated as touts in one of the matatu saccos in the area.

“The thugs were overpowered here by the officers. One had a gun and a machete and tried to exchange with the police and was fatally shot in the eye. They have been operating as touts in one of the saccos here,” he said.