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Slum residents kill robber armed with stolen police pistol

Daring members of the public attacked and killed a suspected robber and recovered a firearm belonging to the Kenya Police Service on Sunday night in Kiambiu slums, Buruburu.

The Nairobi County police commander Japheth Koome confirmed that the firearm belonged to the police but was yet to establish how it was stolen.

“The firearm is kept at Shauri Moyo police station. We have circulated the details of the firearm to all the police stations and the Central Firearms Bureau,” he said.

Ms Jennifer Akinyi Were, a resident, said that she raised alarm after learning that some three robbers were cutting the window grill of her neighbour’s house.

Members of the public responded and confronted the three.  Two of them escaped, but the residents managed to corner one of them whom they beat to death.

They recovered a Barretta pistol, serial number KE KP U420556, loaded with six rounds of ammunition.

The body of the slain suspect was transferred to the City Mortuary.

Residents told the police that the deceased was a resident of Kiambiu slums but they did not know him very well.

“He was a very quiet man who rarely talked to people. No one would have suspected him,” said one of the residents.