, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27- Mombasa Urban CID chief Ndumba Thangarani is admitted to hospital after he was shot and seriously injured by thugs on Tuesday night.
The officer was in the company of Mombasa police chief Geoffrey Mayek, as they trailed the gunmen at Tudor area when they opened fire at the officers.
Mombasa County Deputy Police Commander, Sevelino Kubai says the DCIO is in stable condition after he sustained a bullet wound in the stomach.
“They were on their normal patrol having got some information that some suspicious characters had been seen in a certain vehicle,” he stated.
Kubai says the gunmen were being trailed as they planned to commit a robbery within Mombasa.
“When the DCIO came out of the vehicle, the robbers started shooting at them… a fire exchange ensued and that is when the DCIO got shot,” he said.
“After they shot him, they escaped in a vehicle.”
Police believe the gunmen are behind a series of gun attacks in the coastal town.
Kubai has since said that the details of the vehicle that was used during the incident and identity of the gunmen have been shared among security agencies.
Mombasa has been hit by a wave of insecurity which has adversely affected the tourism sector following travel advisories by some Western countries.
The incident came as regional security chiefs are meeting in Mombasa.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was due in Mombasa on Wednesday to officially open the 16th East Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) Annual General Meeting.