Police kill 6 robbery suspects in Nairobi

July 4, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 4 – Six suspects were gunned down by police in the plush Gigiri area in Nairobi on Saturday morning.

Police say they ambushed a gang of eight along Thigiri road after a tip off from members of the public.

"They (the suspects) wanted to break into a house in Thigiri ridge," Gigiri Police Boss David Kerina said.

But acting on a tip off from members of the public, police trailed the men and killed six of them after a shoot out.

Two suspects managed to escape.

"We have also recovered two guns and 20 rounds of ammunition," Mr Kerina said.

Violent crime has in the recent past been taking its hold on the upmarket city suburbs in Nairobi due to sustained operations against violent crime in Eastland’s area.

Police also say gangsters are driven by the flashy lifestyle in upmarket areas and their dependence on private security guards as opposed to police patrols.

Meanwhile, three people were killed in Kibera on Saturday after a wall collapsed, landing on them.

"Dykes fell on two houses constructed under them at about 7.30 am," said Langa’ata police boss Patrick Mang’oli.

The deceased included a 25 year old man and two girls aged 10 and 12.

Six people were rushed to hospital with injuries following the incident near the Raila Odinga Centre.


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