, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 25 – Two suspected gangsters were on Tuesday shot dead and a passerby felled by a stray bullet, in yet another gun incident in the centre of the Kenyan capital.
According to Nairobi Central Deputy Police Chief Julius Kyombule, the suspects were headed to commit a robbery when they were confronted by police officers near Parliament buildings.
One of the suspects drew a pistol and a chase ensued within city streets as they exchanged gun fire with police.
“Our officers caught up with them at the junction of Kenyatta Avenue and Kimathi Street. During the ensuing shootout, we managed to shoot one of them here and the other one behind the Nation Centre.”
A police officer was also wounded in the clash that sent city residents scampering for safety mid afternoon seeking refuge under cars.
“As much as we regret what has happened, we are not going to allow such young men to walk on streets and terrorise people. No more sympathy while doing such things,” Kyombule warned.
The incident comes barely three weeks after two other gangsters were shot dead on Kimathi Lane, raising serious security concerns in the city centre.
In the February 5 incident, two suspected robbers were also shot dead following a gun battle with plainclothes policemen on the same area.