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Police kill two armed robbers, rescue kidnapped pastor

Police on Thursday night shot dead two people and managed to rescue a 57-year-old pastor who had been kidnapped by an armed gang.

Two other people were seriously injured in the operation.

John Dinguri Chege, a pastor at Kabete Anglican Church was hijacked at 8 pm by four armed men, as he drove home in his vehicle, a white Nissan Advan.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the suspects waylaid the clergyman and took control of his vehicle before they commandeered it towards Kiamumbi, in Kiambu county.

“When Police officers got wind of the incident, they immediately pursued the suspects while a separate team laid an ambush along Kamiti road,” said DCI in a statement.

Police said that the vehicle was intercepted past Jacaranda area and the suspects defied an order to surrender prompting a fierce shootout that left two of the thugs dead.

“Two other suspects managed to disappear in the dead of the night with gunshot wounds, leaving the badly shaken Church Minister in the safety of our officers,” added DCI.

A smith and Wesson pistol loaded with two rounds of 9mm calibre and a knife, were recovered from suspects.

A manhunt for the two suspects who disappeared is currently ongoing.