Police shoot dead 11 suspected criminals in two days
Police have killed at least 11 suspected robbers in Nairobi in the last two days and found four guns, two homemade pistols and several rounds of ammunition.
On Wednesday at 10am, three men in a vehicle that had been reported missing were shot dead in Parklands near Avenue Hospital.
Police said the men were being trailed after they stole the car to commit a robbery.
Special Crime Prevention Unit boss Noah Katumo said officers confronted the men but they shot at the police.
“They were members of a gang that has been impersonating Kenya Power employees to gain access into homes,” Mr Katumo said.
The day before, four men who had also stolen a car were gunned down in Kayole. The owner of the Vehicle reported it stolen in Dandora.
According to Kayole police, master keys, a walkie-talkie, a pair of number plates and a pistol with six rounds were found in the car.
County police boss Japhet Koome said the men had been on police radar for a while.
In Shauri Moyo, a man said to be part of a gang that has been robbing residents, was killed on Tuesday evening while in Mowlem, two suspected robbers were shot dead.
Police said they found a pistol with stolen household items from the men. The bodies were taken to the City Mortuary.
In Eldoret, residents of West Indies Estate flushed out two robbery suspects from their house on Wednesday morning and killed them.
The killing of the pair brought to 10 the number of people in the area who have suffered the same fate in the last five months.
The two were believed to be members of a gang that has been breaking into homes and mugging owners. Police officers later took the bodies to Moi public hospital mortuary.
The residents accused police of doing little to stem rising insecurity.
“We no longer sleep for fear of being attacked. Our pleas to authorities are falling on deaf ears,” Mr Bernard Kipkosgei said.
Just days ago, two suspected thieves were killed by a mob in the area. And before that, another four had been lynched at Roadblock and Kipkorgot areas.
Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan admitted crime was on the rise in parts of Eldoret but said it was under control.
“Police have intensified patrols in major estates. We have received complaints of residents being terrorised but the criminals should know their days are numbered,” he said.