, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 25 – A police officer and a cashier at a supermarket were shot dead in separate incidents which occurred in Nairobi on Wednesday night.
Two other people were also wounded during one of the shootings and are admitted to hospital, according to police.
In one of the incidents which occurred less than 300 metres from the main entrance to Kayole Police station, a police officer was shot as he reported to duty by people suspected to be Mungiki sect members.
“The officer was walking to the station when some men casually attacked him. He was shot and killed on the spot,” a police officer at the station said.
“He was not robbed of anything, even his rifle was left intact. We are worried that assassins can carry out such an attack outside the police station,” he added.
Another police officer said they were investigating if the killing of the officer was linked to investigations he had been carrying out on suspected Mungiki operations in the area.
“The officer has been instrumental in the investigations of Mungiki activities here. We are investigating to see if his killing has anything to do with it,” the officer said.
In Embakasi, a cashier was shot dead after gangsters raided a supermarket in Pipeline estate. Witnesses told police that the cashier was shot when he raised alarm as the gangsters fled.
“We were informed that they stormed the supermarket and ordered everyone to lie down. They then ransacked the counters and took away money and other personal effects from customers, but as they were escaping, one of the cashiers started shouting and that is when he was shot in the stomach,” David Bunei, Police chief for Embakasi division said.
Two other people, including a milk supplier were shot outside the supermarket by the fleeing thugs.
“We are yet to arrest this group of thugs. We strongly believe it is the same gang which has been raiding supermarkets and even shot in the air when they raided a supermarket in Mlolongo last week,” Mr Bunei said.