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Child gangs take Nairobi hostage

Child gangsters, some as young as 12, are holding Nairobi to ransom.

Residents walk in fear as they increase their grip on estates, according to Nairobi County Commissioner Njoroge Ndirangu.

There are more than eight child gangs on the prowl in the city, he revealed.

Their presence is forcing businesses to close early — and private security guards hired by the businessmen are failing to provide proper protection.

The gangs specialise in crimes ranging from extortion, muggings and robbery to the rape of girls, women and boys.

Gang members often inhale jet fuel, ‘msii’ in the local slang. Parents, teachers and school administrators live in fear if them as they dominate crime in city estates and know no fear, even of death.

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