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Four children shot in Nairobi gang gunfight

Four children have been admitted at a hospital in Nairobi after sustaining gunshots during a crossfire between rivaling thugs.

One of the thugs who was armed with a pistol was also shot dead during the shootout that occurred at the Awendo Road in Dandora Phase 4.

According to a parent to one of the children, Benard Kekedu, the children, all students of the Juhudi Academy were leaving school when they were caught up in the crossfire that occurred at around 3.15pm. They are all aged between 5 and 10 years old.

“I was called by a neigbour who told me that my child had been injured. When I went there, I found him and three others wailing in pain and so I just took him to hospital” he said.

Two of the children were shot in their arms while another one was shot in the thigh. The fourth child, a girl, was shot in the leg.

Police who arrived at the scene collected several spent cartridges from the shooting that lasted for over twenty minutes according to witnesses.

Police sources indicate that the clash resulted from a disagreement over how to share the loot from a previous robbery.

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Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had earlier in the morning arrested the slain suspect’s girlfriend who was to direct them to his hideout in Dandora.

The deceased, only known as Martin alias ‘Marto’ was suspected to have been involved in another robbery incident in which his colleague was shot dead. Police recovered several rounds of 0.22mm caliber ammunition.

The incident comes just a few days after a 17 year old Form Three student at Straight Secondary School in Kibera was shot dead during a robbery in the slums.

Boniface Makau was returning home from a tuition class in Laini Saba Kibera at around 11am when he was shot.

The family of the 17 year old Form Three student at the Straight Secondary School in Kibera alleged that the teenager was shot by an Administration Police officer.

His father, Fredrick Mutua said on that fateful day, his son was returning home in the company of his elder brother, Bernard Muinde and his friend when they heard gunshots at the Biashara Street in the slums.

“An armed thug had been shot dead by two administration police officers as he tried to steal from a bar owner. He was inside the bar when he was shot and a gun recovered from him” Mr Mutua said.

He said when the armed robber was shot, residents started gathering to get a glimpse of what was happening. He alleged that police shot at the crowd to disperse it.