, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – Five suspected gangsters were on Saturday morning gunned down by police on Outering road on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital, and an assortment of ammunition recovered.
They were ambushed near the Jam Rescue club where they engaged police officers in a dramatic shootout before they were all felled.
According to Nairobi Police chief Antony Kibuchi, 190 rounds of ammunition, a grenade and four AK 47 rifles were retrieved at the scene.
"There was a fierce exchange of fire and as a result, five of them have been shot dead and we have recovered the arsenal and the vehicle that they were using," he stated.
Witnesses in the area lauded the action by police terming it as a deterrent to future robbery incidents.
"The gunshots that I heard were not something that I will forget in a long time and even if you may not have heard it, when you hear it, you will want to move away as fast as possible. I blacked out when I heard it," one bystander said.
"Why should they go and harass people? It is good that they have been shot dead now. They have been prevented for disturbing us," another stated.
"For someone to snatch Sh200 from you is abominable. Maybe you have worked so hard for that money and then it disappears like that. It is good that they be treated that way. Even if I am the one caught in such a situation, it is good that I am shot."
They applauded the police for their fast action saying they protected Kenyans from falling prey to armed gangsters.
"I want to congratulate our police force for the good work that they have done. These people with guns and grenades would have caused a lot of damage. Guns should be held only by the police, not anyone else," stated another witness.
According to police the gang of five was on a dangerous unnamed mission and police had been hot on their trail since Thursday.
Their run came to an abrupt end following a tip off from members of the public.
Police pursued another suspects believed to belong to the same gang to his Umoja estate hideout.
A combined unit from the special crimes prevention unit and the flying squad combed the house as curious onlookers milled the scene.
No one was arrested during the operation but police said they are closing in on the suspect.
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