, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 5 – Two suspected robbers were on Wednesday morning shot dead following a gun battle with plainclothes policemen on Nairobi’s Kimathi Lane.
Nairobi Central Police Chief Patrick Odumo said the two were part of four man gang that planned to rob those withdrawing large sums of money from a nearby Barclays Bank branch.
“One of them was inside the banking hall identifying those making large withdrawals so he could alert the three who remained at the bank entrance,” he explained.
But as the plainclothes officers positioned themselves in readiness for the gang to make their move, the robbers identified them and tried to make a run for it.
“One of them tried to draw out a pistol but fortunately enough our officers managed to respond quickly fatally injuring these two,” Odumo explained.
A chase followed into Kimathi Lane where two of the four managed to escape.
“We however managed to gun down the leader of the gang who goes by the name of Muthee because of his bald head,” he continued.
He also explained that a woman who was suspected to be among those shot dead had collapsed on hearing gunfire.
“She collapsed, was given first aid, took her bag and went,” he said.
The police recovered four handcuffs, a radio similar to the ones used by law enforcers and a police certificate of appointment which Odumo said was fake.
“It isn’t the real one. It’s a forgery. You can even get the radio from a store but it’s not like mine,” he said.
He assured that he had increased surveillance outside all the banks within the Central Business District.
“This was one of four gangs targeting banks and posing as policemen that the public have complained to us about.”
“We’ve been tracking them for two weeks, we’ve profiled them and we’ll get them… don’t you worry,” he sought to assure.
Wednesday’s incident however came only a day after two members of the public were shot in a botched robbery attempt at Corner House, a few meters from the scene of Wednesday’s shootout.