, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 30 – Five suspected gangsters were killed on Tuesday during a shootout with police officers in Loresho, Westlands constituency.
The suspects in a Sports Utility Vehicle were accosted near the KARI headquarters while allegedly headed for a robbery.
Addressing the press at the scene of the shootout, Gigiri police chief, Vitalis Andege said police received information from the members of the public after which they started pursuing the suspects.
“Our officers on patrol got information from members of the public that they were suspicious characters driving along Loresho road. They pursued the vehicle they were driving where they waved at the car to stop but instead the persons on board, opened fire at our police officers,” he said.
“They (officers) fired back, where they managed to kill the five.”
He said they had been pursuing the group, which was responsible for crimes in the area.
“We suspect they must have been involved in a robbery where a foreigner was killed,” he said.
He warned the youth against engaging in criminal activities saying the police will not relent in the fight against crime.
“I warn other characters that we have not arrested that we are pursuing them to the limit. The war has started now and it is continuing,” he stated.
“We are going to get all of them, arrest them and be prosecuted in the court of law.”
Nairobi Provincial Police chief Benson Kibui says the thugs are responsible for a series of robberies committed in Westlands and Kangemi areas in the recent past.
Kibui says they have recovered a gun, four American handcuffs and a vehicle suspected to have been stolen.
This comes as police killed seven thugs on Sunday night during a botched kidnapping attempt in Nakuru.