, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – A police officer attached to the Diplomatic Unit was Tuesday morning shot dead in Kayole by gangsters who also stole his Jericho pistol.
According to witnesses, the officer was in uniform when he was attacked by the three thugs.
The officer was shot in the head twice and on his right hand in an incident that left members of the public scampering for safety.
Kayole police chief Joseph Gichangi said they were in pursuit of the thugs believed to be members of outlawed Gaza group.
“We will get them,” he told Capital FM News.
The officer who was headed to work succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at the Mama Lucy Kibaki hospital.
This is the first officer to be killed in the area this year, after a bloody 12 months that left eight police officers dead in different incidents with most of them losing their firearms.
According to police statistics, 80 members of the Gaza gang were killed last year alone.
The youthful gang is notoriously known for targeting police officers with a motive of stealing their firearms, which they use to terrorize the public.
While most of their activities are limited to informal sectors, the gang are slowly moving to other areas like Thika Road and Kasarani.
It is a gang that was initially formed to execute ‘political activities’ but quickly evolved to crime.
Though police say they are slowly adopting new ways to mask their identity, the Gaza gang members are identified through tattoos – a dragon or the name Gaza, a tattoo of a tear drop on the face or three cuts on one of the eyebrow.
Last the year, the gang was involved in the murder of two aspiring Member of County Assemblies in Kayole.
On February 24, some members of the gang were ‘hired’ to go and fence some disputed land in Athi River, which belongs to the East Africa Portland Cement Company.
Three of them were killed instantly by a rival gang in Athi River, which was manning the land while two succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment in hospital.