Police in Nairobi raided a suspected hideout for illegal migrants in Kahawa West early Wednesday morning.
Twenty three Ethiopian nationals were arrested during the raid in Kamae area, Kahawa West.
The house is loacted near the Kamae Administration Police post.
They reportedly arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday. None spoke English during interrogations.
Police had to shot in the air to save the illegal foreigners from being lynched by irate residents who were accusing the Ethiopians of being criminals.
The residents were claimed the foreigners were involved in the killing of a boda boda operator to who was shot Tuesday night in the area.
The house is suspected to be a stopover for migrants on their way to South Africa, Europe and Middle East.
According to Githurai Deputy County Commissioner Kennedy Changandu, the migrants are in police custody and will be charged for being in the country illegally.
“One of the boda boda operators was killed and the residents were accusing them of being involved” he saidd.
Police are now hunting for both the tenant and the owner of the house.
A section of the residents vandalized the three-bedroomed house, carting away a television set, water meter, pieces of furniture and a gate they had brought down.
They also unsecifully attempted to burn the house.
One of the migrants said they had arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday night aboard a bus and their passports were confiscated by a Kenyan who was hosting them adding that they had been promised jobs locally.